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Rye Meads Nature Reserve

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Open Now: 09:00 - 17:00
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A day in the hides

Good size car park, but it costs £4 to park, so we went by bike. There are cycle racks to secure... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mick H
via mobile
Bird watching

I often come here to enjoy some bird watching lots of different species of wildlife which makes it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
mickcarter358
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Harlow, 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...more
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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 1 week ago via mobile

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

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RyeMeads, General Manager at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your visit. We hope to see you back at the reserve in the future!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I often come here to enjoy some bird watching lots of different species of wildlife which makes it enjoyable

1  Thank mickcarter358
RyeMeads, General Manager at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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RyeMeads, Manager at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Mike D
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Lovely walks with several hides in different locations e.g., lake or wetland. Border or not this is a delightful place to explore. Allow an hour min.

Thank Matilda B
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

A beautiful place for a walk with the children and/or doggy. Grasses, pools and wildlife galore. It is wonderful at all seasons.

Thank Marian T
Reviewed 25 September 2018

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

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Reviewed 25 August 2018

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

1  Thank TravellerNearLondon
Reviewed 25 August 2018

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

1  Thank Doveshack1
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Although there are clear signs asking people to mindful of others my visit today was marred by some other visitors who just wouldn’t stop talking during the whole time they were in the hides, and that in no hushed tones, and much of it not...More

1  Thank Alphonso M
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