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Please note. There will be no access to RSPB Rye Meads from Hoddesdon on Sunday 19 July as Rye Road will be closed in the area of the bridges over the River Lee and railway line for 1 day. Alternative access is available via Stanstead Abbotts and using Rye road from the other direction via TW toll of 50p, (the toll barriers may be up due to the road works at the other end of the road).

Top things to do in Spring

  1. Look out for the beautiful kingfishers as they try to raise a family
  2. Can you spot the first common terns arriving at Rye Meads?
  3. Listen for birds, especially warblers, singing all around the reserve

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Look in the dappled light for speckled wood butterflies
  2. Try to spot common darter dragonflies patrolling up and down their territories
  3. While enjoying a stroll, listen out for the explosive call of Cetti's warblers

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Time to welcome back the autumn migrants - will you be the first to see a redwing or fieldfare?
  2. Watch out for well-camouflaged snipe feeding in the cut reeds
  3. As the evenings draw in, it's possible to see flocks of starlings and buntings swirling over the reedbeds before going to roost

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Enjoy the beauty and peace of the reserve in winter, but remember to bring a flask!
  2. Ducks a-dabbling, ducks a-diving - come and see a duck spectacular
  3. Search the reed edges for elusive water rails

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  • A fine female taking in the sun......

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