Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Rye Meads RSPB 2018
Sunday all day visit

Date: Sunday 25 February 2018 at 09:30


RSPB Rye Meads, view from Draper hideEleanor Bentall (rspb-images.com)                RSPB Rye Meads, view from Draper hide

Meet at 9.30 am in the RSPB reserve car park, off Rye Road, SG12 8JS. OS TL389103 lat/long: 51.7737, 0.01267

The reserve is near Hoddesdon, which is about ten miles north of M25 exit 25, via the A10. For detailed directions, see the RSPB website.

Click here for a map of car park entrance location

£3 car parking charge for non-members. RSPB members show your membership card at reception.

Facilities include -

  • Visitor centre and shop
  • Toilets
  • Hot and cold drinks, snacks
  • Picnic area
  • Binocular hire
  • Guided walks available
  • Ten hides, two mile clockwise circular trail (level, wheelchair friendly), bird feeders

Rye Meads is part of the Lee Valley, which is internationally important for its birdlife. It is a wetland reserve beside the River Lee. Habitats include reedbeds, scrapes, kingfisher bank, wet meadows, pools, lagoons and artificial sandbanks. Parts of the reserve are managed by the RSPB and other parts by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

The following were seen on various days during January and February 2017 -  kingfisher, water rail, lapwing, snipe, bearded tit, shelduck, gadwall, tufted duck, shoveler, bittern, water pipit, green sandpiper, bullfinch, fieldfare, grey wagtail, peregrine, goldcrest, blackcap, Cetti's warbler, kestrel, goldeneye, smew, yellowhammer, muntjac, water vole.

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