Places to see birds

RSPB Rye Meads

Calling redshank in meadow
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This SSSI, SPA and RAMSAR reserve is jointly managed by the RSPB and the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

The site is situated by the River Lee and includes areas of reedbed, open water lagoons, flood meadows and wet woodland. There are several hides around the site and Kingfishers breed most years in a man-made bank opposite the - appropriately named - Kingfisher Hide. Teal, Snipe, Shoveler, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Little and Great Crested Grebes and Green Sandpipers are found here during the year. Bitterns are regularly seen during the winter.

There is a visitor centre where tea and coffee is available. CCTV monitors show Common Tern on their nesting rafts in the summer.