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SAT 9 AUG

FREE

Wildlife Watch

Rye Meads Nature Reserve, Hertfordshire

Run by: RSPB

Take this opportunity to find out more about the wildlife on the reserve. Volunteers will be in one of the hides to point out wildlife and answer your questions.

clock10:00–12:00

Suitable for any age

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The Wildlife Watch is a monthly event. Please see the dates and times below. Families can borrow explorer backpacks and wildlife challenge sheets to explore the reserve further. You can borrow binoculars from the visitor centre for £3.00 per day!

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Activities are not organised by the BBC unless stated otherwise. Neither is the BBC responsible for the accuracy of the information provided. If you are under 18, ask your parent/guardian before taking part in any activity.

Other Dates

This activity also runs on these dates:

  1. Sun 10 Aug 10:00–12:00
  2. Sat 30 Aug 14:00–16:00

Special requirements

You'll be exploring the reserve so bring weather appropriate clothing.

Venue

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Rye Meads Nature Reserve

Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, SG12 8JS

Meeting point: We'll meet at the Visitor Centre.

About this location

Rye Meads is a fantastic day out for all the family! This wetland reserve, beside the River Lee, is a favourite with Show more… walkers, birdwatchers and photographers too. You can explore this lovely nature reserve throughout the year, and get close to the fantastic wildlife.

There are a number of hides that give great views of wildlife, even without binoculars. You can look out over the reedbeds, wet meadows, open water and artificial sandbanks, which are a great place to spot the stunningly beautiful kingfisher. Common terns nest on specially-created rafts during the summer, and these days you're likely to hear the explosive song of the Cetti's warbler, a recent arrival here.

If it is wildlife really close you are after, then butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies put on quite a show. In winter, you can often see snipe, green sandpipers, shovelers, gadwalls and tufted ducks - in fact, there's always something to entertain you here. We have a really welcoming visitor centre, where you can watch the bird feeding area for close-up views of garden birds. Children can borrow Explorer Backpacks full of activities for children to do while exploring the reserve to help them see wildlife; including identification charts, bug boxes, colouring sheets etc. There are also Bird Bingo sheets: how much can you spot on your visit to the reserve? Can you see a bug, or a bird singing?

Throughout the year we have lots of events suitable for families and children including; family fun days, holiday playschemes, pond dipping sessions, minibeasting sessions, trails, monthly children's wildlife clubs, walks and themed days. Opening times: daily 10am - 5pm (or dusk if earlier). Gates are locked when the reserve closes. Please note that the reserve is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Entrance charges: entry is free. There is a £2 car parking charge for non members. RSPB members park free, but please remember to display your membership card on your vehicle dashboard.
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Rye Meads is a fantastic day out for all the family! This wetland reserve, beside the River Lee, is a favourite with walkers, birdwatchers and photographers too. You can explore this lovely nature reserve throughout the year, and get close to the fantastic wildlife.

There are a number of hides that give great views of wildlife, even without binoculars. You can look out over the reedbeds, wet meadows, open water and artificial sandbanks, which are a great place to spot the stunningly beautiful kingfisher. Common terns nest on specially-created rafts during the summer, and these days you're likely to hear the explosive song of the Cetti's warbler, a recent arrival here.

If it is wildlife really close you are after, then butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies put on quite a show. In winter, you can often see snipe, green sandpipers, shovelers, gadwalls and tufted ducks - in fact, there's always something to entertain you here. We have a really welcoming visitor centre, where you can watch the bird feeding area for close-up views of garden birds. Children can borrow Explorer Backpacks full of activities for children to do while exploring the reserve to help them see wildlife; including identification charts, bug boxes, colouring sheets etc. There are also Bird Bingo sheets: how much can you spot on your visit to the reserve? Can you see a bug, or a bird singing?

Throughout the year we have lots of events suitable for families and children including; family fun days, holiday playschemes, pond dipping sessions, minibeasting sessions, trails, monthly children's wildlife clubs, walks and themed days. Opening times: daily 10am - 5pm (or dusk if earlier). Gates are locked when the reserve closes. Please note that the reserve is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Entrance charges: entry is free. There is a £2 car parking charge for non members. RSPB members park free, but please remember to display your membership card on your vehicle dashboard.

Contact

This activity is organised and run by RSPB.

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