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Rye Meads Nature Reserve this winter Posted On 19 November 2021

One of the most beautiful places to visit this winter is Rye Meads Nature Reserve, which will warm your heart amidst the colder airs

Whether it’s a family day out with the children, a romantic couple’s stroll, or a much-needed break for solitude alone, Rye Meads Nature Reserve is one of the most perfect places to visit in the colder months. Birdwatchers and photographers will also be treated to plenty to marvel at here, as its 8 hides and 3 large lagoons all host a variety of different species, such as Tufted duck, Common tern, Green sandpiper, Cetti’s warbler, Kingfisher, Water vole, Fox, and most recently the Black-Necked Grebe.

There are spotter trails to enjoy, as well as regular events. Furthermore, within the local visitor centre here, there are two classrooms, a bird feeding station, hot and cold drinks and refreshments, and toilet facilities.

The wetland reserve itself is situated alongside the River Lee, making it an ideal walking route due to its many trails and hides. Snipe, green sandpipers, shovelers, gadwalls and tufted ducks are particularly populous during the winter months, while artificial sandbanks by the river are a great place to spot the blue flash of a kingfisher.

Winter is one of the most attractive points of the year, with many beautiful wildlife only really flourishing and happy during the colder months, and although Rye Meads provides a year-round wildlife spectacle for everyone to enjoy, it’s from late September until around mid-March when some of the most spectacular beauty is unleashed. During the autumn months, green sandpipers, snipe and lapwings can be seen on the scrapes during the daytimes, and in the evenings, starlings, buntings, and finches flock together, swirling over the reedbeds ready to roost. Throughout the winter, water rail and water fowl are a welcome addition to the already bustling array of picturesque sights of the reserve. The bittern, which is said to be rather elusive by experts, can occasionally be seen lurking in the reeds, moving silently through the reedbed.

The Rye Meads Nature Reserve opening times are every day from 9:00 to 17:00.

 

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