Help us secure the future of Sussex Wildlife Trust's first visitor centre

20 March 2019 | Posted in Appeal
Help us secure the future of Sussex Wildlife Trust's first visitor centre
Curlew (c) Barry Yates

Since Rye Harbour Nature Reserve was created almost 50 years ago, it has become an internationally important wetland habitat for a number of rare species, such as little tern, marsh harrier, bittern, avocet, water vole and many invertebrates. Sussex Wildlife Trust has shown that, with careful management, it is possible to bring wildlife back to Sussex. 

The nature reserve is home to more than 300 rare or endangered species. This rich diversity of wildlife has come about thanks to the dedication of hardworking staff, volunteers, and the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. 

Sussex Wildlife Trust is making an appeal to its members and supporters to secure the future of the new Discovery Centre currently being built at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

Reserve Manager Dr Barry Yates said, ‘Our conservation team, education staff, and volunteers are all currently working from a small portacabin and we are frankly struggling to hold things together. The old visitor centre, Lime Kiln Cottage, is dilapidated, cramped, and liable to flooding. It has no toilets for visitors, and there’s no space for school groups, or the volunteers. It’s been evident for many years that a new visitor centre is urgently needed. 

‘With your support, Sussex Wildlife Trust can build a centre of education for visitors both young and old, as well as a hub for important conservation management to help us achieve even more wildlife success stories.’
If you would like to support the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre and help foster a love for wildlife in the hundreds of thousands of people who visit every year, visit

Anyone interested in learning more about the Discovery Centre can request a monthly newsletter to keep them posted about build news, sightings of some of the outstanding wildlife at the reserve, and ways to donate to the Appeal

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