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Rye Meads Nature Reserve

#2 of 18 things to do in Ware Features Animals
Rye Meads Nature Reserve Rye Road | Stanstead Abbotts, Ware SG12 8JS, England
+44 1992 708383
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Great visit

First time there and met by friendly reception who orientated us. Lovely walk around the site with... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
shark939
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Luton, United Kingdom
RSPB Rye Meads Kingfisher

A lovely day walking around the RSPB reserve, each of the hides are visited regularly by members of... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2017
tonynikon
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Staines, United Kingdom
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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, Green sandpiper, Cetti's warbler, Kingfisher, Water vole, Fox, and most recently Black-necked grebe. A great place for children and families with spotter trails, regular events and a monthly wildlife explorer club, but also very popular with birders and people after a relaxing walk or some peace and quiet. The friendly visitor centre offers two classrooms, a bird feeding station, hot and cold drinks and refreshments, and toilet facilities, plus free parking for RSPB members. Opening times are every day from 9 am to 5 pm (or dusk if earlier). Please note that the reserve is closed on Christmas and Boxing Day.
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Rye Meads Nature Reserve Rye Road | Stanstead Abbotts, Ware SG12 8JS, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

First time there and met by friendly reception who orientated us. Lovely walk around the site with several hides to view the wildlife. Kingfisher hide, alas they were not active with a lot of people waiting in hope. Good variety of birds to view and...More

Thank shark939
Reviewed 9 April 2017

A lovely day walking around the RSPB reserve, each of the hides are visited regularly by members of staff so you can ask any questions and they will point out things of interest. the site only charges £3 for car parking so no expense. highlight...More

2  Thank tonynikon
RyeMeads, Visitor Experience Officer at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2017

Glad you had a great day and managed to catch a glimpse of the kingfishers! Hope to see you again soon :)

Reviewed 20 March 2017

We walked the entire circuit which encompasses the RSPB site and the wildlife trust site with a one-way gate half way around. There are 9 hides on the circuit covering a variety of environments. Unfortunately the kingfishers weren't co-operating today but plenty of other birds...More

Thank GandC_UK
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Super place to visit with children & there is ample parking. Plenty of hides to watch the Birds from and full of information. The Kingfishers are the highlight & of you walk all the way round it's a good healthy walk too. Volunteers in the...More

Thank Mark B
RyeMeads, Manager at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

Glad you had a great day out Mark and welcome back to the RSPB :)

Reviewed 1 January 2017

Glorious - my review has never changed It is a great day out in semi-rural surroundings whether you have any interest in birdwatching or not. We visited several times last year and fully intend to return this year. The only criticism I have is that...More

Thank Inez C
RyeMeads, Staff member at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2017

Hi Inez, thanks for your lovely review. Unfortunately, our 5pm closing is due to the fact that the land we are on actually belongs to Thames Water and as part of our agreement with them, we have to leave it secure when staff leave. We...More

Reviewed 17 November 2016

Lovely setting, well maintained and a diversity of Wildlife, you just have to go carefully and look and listen for it !

Thank LAL:London
RyeMeads, Staff member at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2017

Thanks for your review - we agree it is an oasis of wildlife :)

Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

A great little get close to nature spot including a cafe. Lots of walks long and short and activity days throughout summer holidays for kids

Thank SJBaked
RyeMeads, Staff member at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2017

Hi, thanks for your review. Just want to let other people know that we have 'Cafe lite' here that sells hot and cold drinks and snacks but no 'meals as such' but feel free to bring along a picnic!

Reviewed 15 September 2016

We visited Rye Meads Nature Reserve on a very hot day for a nice walk through nature more than anything. We were greeted by a staff member, Possibly called Robin? Who gave us a map and explanation which was helpful. £3 for the car park...More

Thank Martz4040
Reviewed 3 September 2016

I have been visiting Rye Meads for about 8 years. My main interest is Kingfishers and Rye Meads has its own Kingfisher bank with nest holes. Most years there are a breeding pair that can be viewed from the hide. You can sit there for...More

Thank Badmoneydies
RyeMeads, Staff member at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2017

Thanks so much for your lovely review. We do have lots of friendly staff and volunteers who are more than happy to answer questions :) The kingfishers are a big attraction for people visiting the reserve.

Reviewed 30 August 2016

Staff were very friendly and helpful. Is quite a small reserve but paths were very good and the highlight was definitely the Kingfishers. Got some fantastic views of them fishing. Was worth a visit.

Thank Karen W
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