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  • Blog Post: Bonfires, fireworks, "oohs" and "ahhhs" - but don't forget your wildlife!

    Don't forget your wildlife this bonfire night! Loud bangs and flashing lights close to where birds and other wildlife are sheltering could unsettle them and cause them to move on. Every movement made in the cold weather uses up vital energy supplies, so unnecessary travel to find a quieter home could...
  • Blog Post: Have you seen this woman?

    My silly poster aside - we really would like to know if you have seen the female kingfisher ! We started to get a little worried about the pair - only the male had been seen and he was acting as if he didn't have a lady friend (we had started to worry that the female had gone, or had been caught...
  • Blog Post: This week only - art display!

    Don't forget this week we have Steve Kershaw's fabulous art display here at Rye Meads! His fabulous art is on show until Sunday 10 June - you can even meet the artist and see how he creates his work. Paintings, prints and gift cards will be on sale as well as a specially printed book. Steve...
  • Blog Post: Rye Meads is part of an exciting new family scheme!

    Rye Meads is delighted to be part of a new scheme for families to go out and explore the natural world! Rye Meads is part of Discover Explore! Discover Explore is an exploration game set in the Lee Valley that encourages families and young people to get outdoors and uncover the stories and history...
  • Blog Post: Special Offer for bloggers

    Offer ends 24 December
  • Blog Post: Rye Meads' first ever BioBlitz

    Afternoon all, How are you? The results are in! Last weekend we had our first ever bioblitz at the reserve. Over the weekend of 14 and 15 July we tried to find every single species (of anything) that is here at the reserve. A BioBlitz is an "intense period of biological surveying...
  • Blog Post: Stepping Up For Nature Awards

    Have you done something amazing for wildlife? Do you know someone who's given nature a helping hand? We think it's time people were rewarded for helping the natural world, so the RSPB is launching the Stepping Up for Nature awards to celebrate local communities and individuals in the eastern...
  • Blog Post: Weasel and the Big Garden Birdwatch

    A weasel has been running around outside the Rye Meads visitor centre this morning, in and out of a brash pile by the pond dipping area and visiting our feeding station. It's very bold! It's the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend and you can come to the reserve to make your count if you wish - there...
  • Blog Post: It's our birthday - help us celebrate! 9 September

    It's our birthday - help us celebrate! The visitors centre is 10 years old this year and we are going to have a birthday party! And you are all invited! Plase come along and help us celebrate! On Sunday 9 September we are going to have an open day! We'll have lots of stalls - below...
  • Blog Post: Fabulous events coming up this week!

    Don't miss out on the fabulous event coming up - things to do this half term! Springwatch with the RSPB Come along and enjoy pond dipping, minibesting, a fabulous walk, crafts, trails and more over the weekend Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June . Click here for more details! ...
  • Blog Post: Spring newsletter available now!

    Hi everyone, There is a fabulous new Eye on Rye available for Spring! Download it via the link below. If you want your picture to feature in the next issue, please e-mail Peter . Lovely picture by Peter Hewitt
  • Blog Post: Wader Plea!

    Hi everyone, How are you today? Have you been enjoying the nice weather over the last couple of days? Great picture by John Young We are recording all waders that we see on the reserve, and we need your help ! We would like to you let us know what waders you see, where, when and how many...
  • Blog Post: Dunlin sighting - for a while anyway...

    Yesterday we spotted a dunlin at the Draper hide! We got quite excitied - lovely little bird to see! We haven't seen a dunlin on site since about this time last year! Dunlin's are a small wading bird with a slightly down turned bill that they use to probe in the mud to catch insects, snails...
  • Blog Post: My purchases...

    Aren't they stunning! They are Steve Kershaw's artwork (read my previous blog about the art display here ). Steve is a local artist and a regular to the reserve, check out his blog here ! The display is here all week (until Sunday 10th June) and Steve is here tomorrow so you can see...
  • Blog Post: The environment needs you - email the chancellor

    We need you! We're working hard to stop bad things happening unnecessarily to beautiful places around the UK. We need a planning system that creates the right development, in the right place. Don't let economic recovery come at the expense of the environment. Help us turn George Osborne's...
  • Blog Post: How are you stepping up?

    Nature is in trouble – so millions of people are stepping up to help. Our wildlife has been disappearing at an alarming rate. But small steps make a big difference . If we all act together and get stuck in, we can save our wildlife . You can start helping the wildlife around you right away!...
  • Blog Post: Airport fears - please vote no!

    For 40 years we have been fighting proposals to concrete over a vast area of the Thames estuary to construct a monster airport . Recently (you may have seen it in the media coverage) of yet another new proposal for a Thames transport hub on the Isle of Grain in north Kent, which will include...
  • Blog Post: Brand new visitors newsletter!

    I am delighted to announce the re-launch of the newsletter for you, the Eye On Rye . Peter Warne is the new editor/ author so a HUGE thank you to you Peter ! Hard copies will be available from the reserve in the new year, but you - my lovely bloggerers - get to see it first ! So here we go...
  • Blog Post: Stepping Up for Nature - what to do in May

    Stepping up is easy and fun! Nature is in trouble – so millions of people are stepping up to help. Our wildlife has been disappearing at an alarming rate. But small steps make a big difference. If we all act together and get stuck in, we can save our wildlife. You can start helping the wildlife...
  • Blog Post: We're staying open late on Sunday!

    Don't miss out! On Sunday 26 February we are going to be closing late ! You asked us to open later so the Draper and Lapwing hides will be open until 6.30pm ! John Bridges (rspb-images.com) No guarentees that the barn owls will be seen though!
  • Blog Post: St Margaret’s School raise money for Rye Meads!

    The girls of St Margaret’s school in Bushey, Hertfordshire, have raised a whopping £650 for their local RSPB nature reserve – Rye Meads! The girls from St Margaret’s, which is an independent school for girls aged 4-18, raised the money through activities they ran over the last...
  • Blog Post: Love passage waders challenge

    We need your help! We want to win the Golden Wellie ! Let me start at the beginning... Passage waders play a very important role in providing us with a measure of how effective our wetland management is. Areas that are carefully managed will provide feeding and breeding areas for many wading...
  • Blog Post: Make Your Nature Count

    We want to know what slithers, tweets, forages and snuffles in your garden or local park this summer! Make Your Nature Count, running from 2-10 June 2012, asks you all to count the wildlife in their garden over the summer. Not only are we asking you to record birds, we also want to know about some...
  • Blog Post: Have you taken part in the Big Garden Birdwatch?

    Have you taken part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch? Let's make it the best year ever ! You can submit your results on the RSPB website - www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch Or you can post in your results, pick up a postal form at the reserve or why not come over to Rye Meads and do...
  • Blog Post: Stuff for today 20 September

    Afternoon all, How is it 20th September all ready? Blimey this year is wizzing by! Anyhoo... Here's some wildlife highlights for the day: a brilliant 84 lapwings at the Draper hide a kingfisher was seen flying round the lagoon seen from the Tern Hide ...