A separate town to Rye itself, Rye Harbour is where the River Rother spills into the sea.
The nature reserve here, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, consists of more than a thousand acres of shingle, saltmarsh, salty lagoons and reedbeds. It’s best-known for its breeding birdlife, including roseate tern, ringed plover, lapwing and redshank, but the area is great for a walk at any time of year – in early summer, coastal plants such as sea pea bring lots of colour. A network of footpaths cross the reserve.
A new Discovery Centre, with shop, cafe, educational facilities and viewing area, opened in 2021, helping to interpret some of the amazing wildlife to be found here.