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Rye Meads RSPB 2018
Sunday all day visit

Date: Sunday 25 February 2018 at 09:30


On a very cold sunny morning a very hardy select few (four) made the journey to walk around Rye Meads RSPB, which was a first visit for the group. Not the easiest place to find in the middle of an industrial estate.

I was very impressed with Rye Meads, which has nine hides, all wheelchair friendly and the main building is well equipped for children.

We went in most of the hides, except two which were being repaired. The RSPB has spent a large amount of money over the last 15 years.

Going around we saw water pipit, oystercatchers, green sandpipers and all the ducks except wigeon.

The total number of birds seen was 38. It was not the highest total but it is a very good reserve.

Rye Meads RSPB, 25/2/2018, cold

Mute Swan

Whooper Swan

Canada Goose




Tufted Duck


Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Red Kite




Green Sandpiper

Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Stock Dove

Wood Pigeon

Collared Dove



Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Great Tit







Water Pipit



Reed Bunting

38 Bird Species seen

Other Wildlife


4 People

---- Original Programme Information ----

RSPB Rye Meads, view from Draper hideEleanor Bentall (                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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