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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
All reviews kingfisher hide nature reserve car park few hours non members wild flowers rspb members nice walk disabled access bird spotting reed beds different species fresh air peaceful visit pair of binoculars drinks machine wildlife trust
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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