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Rye Meads Nature Reserve

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Rye Meads Nature Reserve Rye Road | Stanstead Abbotts, Ware SG12 8JS, England
+44 1992 708383
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Neat, friendly and always interesting

I love this place and have visited regularly for over five years. The area is well kept, with well... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2018
IrishMimi
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Essendon, United Kingdom
Bird spotting

Just a beautiful place to spend a few hours with a pair of binoculars and your wellies. Our five... read more

Reviewed 28 January 2018
Tulah77
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London, 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, and regular events, 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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+44 1992 708383
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

I love this place and have visited regularly for over five years. The area is well kept, with well attended boardwalks and neat hides. There is almost always someone else around and I've never felt alone or vulnerable, and they usually share their birding insight.

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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

Just a beautiful place to spend a few hours with a pair of binoculars and your wellies. Our five year loved following the simple map to find all the bird hides. We spotted lots of birds such as a perigrine falcon, blue tits, pheasant and...More

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Reviewed 17 January 2018

Rye Meads Nature Reserve is located about half a mile east of Hoddesdon, and is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). The reserve covers nearly 150 acres, and is mostly lakes and reedbeds. There is a good car-park, and a...More

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

With very easy access it is only a short walk from Ware along the tow path. At the Nature Reserve you can sit for hours in the summer watching the birds come and go. We were hoping to see a Bittern, which we didn't, but...More

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Reviewed 23 December 2017

great location a wee walk from town along the river, easy access to most parts of the reserve, abundant wildlife, brilliant for photography.

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Reviewed 4 December 2017

Didn't know about this one, came across it by accident very nice afternoon spent. Amenieties, walk around reserve.

Thank Gabrielle S
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

Enjoyed my visit to Rye Meads. Greeted by a friendly volunteer who pointed out the various hides, what was active and the "one way" barrier on the map. Really enjoyed my meander round the reserve and visits to the hides. I did sit in the...More

Thank emuslushy
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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

My wife and I paid our first visit to Rye Meads Nature Reserve, primarily in the hope of catching a glimpse of a Kingfisher. Within five minutes of sitting in the aptly named "Kingfisher Hide" we had our first encounter, we even managed to get...More

Thank John M
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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Our second visit here and we arrived in hope of glimpsing a kingfisher as we had before. Well we were not disappointed. We sat and watched both breeding parents feed, dive, catch fish and coordinate their feeding visits back to the nest. The volunteers on...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

First trip to a place like this so I don't have much to compare it to. I arrived a 9am on a Sunday morning. I was greeted by a friendly volunteer who told me not to expect much from the kingfishers as they were sitting...More

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