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Rye Meads Nature Reserve

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Not your usual walk in the country

I'd never been to a reserve so wasn't sure what to expect. The place was well maintained. Hides... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Rohan H
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London, United Kingdom
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A day in the hides

Good size car park, but it costs £4 to park, so we went by bike. There are cycle racks to secure... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2018
Mick H
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This wetland nature reserve has something to offer everyone and will appeal to families, walkers, birdwatchers and photographers alike. With 8 hides and 3 large lagoons the reserve plays host to a variety of species such as Tufted duck, Common tern...more
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Rye Meads Nature Reserve Rye Road | Stanstead Abbotts, Ware SG12 8JS, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'd never been to a reserve so wasn't sure what to expect. The place was well maintained. Hides were much larger than I expected. November is not the best time to go. There were only a handful of people there. so very quiet and I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rohan H
RyeMeads, General Manager at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Rohan, Thank you very much for your response. We're glad you had an enjoyable time and we would love for you to visit again soon. A visit in spring or summer is a must as our resident pair of Kingfishers will be breeding and...More

Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

Good size car park, but it costs £4 to park, so we went by bike. There are cycle racks to secure your bike while you're on the trail. A really nice walk, interspersed with various hides, which contained lots of information about the wildlife you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mick H
RyeMeads, General Manager at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

Thank you for your visit. We hope to see you back at the reserve in the future!

Reviewed 28 October 2018

I often come here to enjoy some bird watching lots of different species of wildlife which makes it enjoyable

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank mickcarter358
RyeMeads, General Manager at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Thank you for visiting!

Reviewed 19 October 2018

I'd just bought a new camera lens, and wanted to test it, so decided to take a walk round the RSPB Nature Reserve at Rye Meads, near Hoddesdon, Herts. As an RSPB member I can go there and park free whenever the reserve is open,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank aramis
RyeMeads, Manager at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2018

Thank you for your visit and review. We're glad that the new lens performed well! Hope to see you back at the reserve soon.

Reviewed 13 October 2018

We visited the RSPB Rye Meads Reserve whilst staying at nearby Harlow. There is a small RSPB Building with drinks and cakes and toilets. On arrival we got a really friendly welcome and a good informative explanation of what we might see on the day....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Mike D
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Lovely walks with several hides in different locations e.g., lake or wetland. Border or not this is a delightful place to explore. Allow an hour min.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Matilda B
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

A beautiful place for a walk with the children and/or doggy. Grasses, pools and wildlife galore. It is wonderful at all seasons.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Marian T
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Friendly place, with good wheelchair access. Birds to see year round. At least eight hides to visit. Allow at least a couple of hours to walk around, you don't want to miss a Bittern. Lots of insects in the summer especially dragonflies. Ideal for budding...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 26 August 2018

I have attended a couple of Wild Wednesday sessions with my children over the summer holidays and all of us have enjoyed the activities. The staff are friendly and the activities are fun for a variety of ages. I recommend applying insect repellent if you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank TravellerNearLondon
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Upon arrival, you are greeted by the staff in the shop. They are very helpful and knowledgeable about recent sightings and are able to recommend places to go. Highlights of my visit were: kingfishers, hobbys, terns, little plovers, kestrels and various other ducks and waders....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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