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29th March 2012, Thursday

Changed event

Unfortunately we have had to change one of our childrens events over the Easter holidays…

Mud Exploration will now become Bugs and Birds on Tuesday 3rd April.

This is due to the works along the River Rother stopping access to the saltmarsh. For details of this and other events at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve please see

15th February 2012, Wednesday

Pett Level Beach Survey

This was postponed due to heavy snow a couple of weeks ago, but will take place this Sunday, 19th February at 10am. Meet up on the sea wall by the Smuggler Pub and Pett Level Rescue Boat slipway. 

Be prepared with warm clothes, sturdy footwear and gloves.  Refreshments provided.

Contact Andy Dinsdale on

3rd February 2012, Friday


Due to the forecast snow, the Pett Level beach survey on Sunday 5th February has been moved to Sunday 19th February at 10am.

The survey at Rye Harbour tomorrow (Saturday) will still take place.

20th July 2011, Wednesday

What will we find on the beach this time?

This weekend two beach surveys are taking place:

These are part of the Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch campaign where up to 400 beaches around the U.K are surveyed for all the marine debris that has found it’s way there.  Generally, rubbish of plastic origin makes up 70% of all litter found, with fishing nets and ropes very common.  Our local beaches have turned up toys from Europe, a water colour painting and even a message in a bottle.

Volunteers join in to scour the beach for all traces of rubbish, attempt to identify it all and send the results off to the Marine Conservation Society to be part of a national report.  It can take 2 to 4 hours recording but we are able to make a short stretch of beach litter free for all, including the marine wildlife too.  All the plastic can be around for thousands if not millions of years and is a deadly hazard for birds, fish, cetaceans, seals and others.

All info about these beach surveys can be found at

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has organised the surveys at Rye Harbour on Saturday 23rd July and Pett Level on Sunday 24th July, both starting at 10am .

If anyone would like to join in please can they contact Lucy Balmforth at or 01797 227784 for Rye Harbour surveys, or Andy Dinsdale at for Pett Level surveys.

9th June 2011, Thursday


The Hastings Trust are holding an environmental event on Saturday 18th June, 10am – 4pm at The Old Coachworks, Upper Broomgrove Road, Ore Valley, TN34 3PH.

  • Music, activities, stalls, energy advice and demonstrations of all things ‘green’
  • Local schools show their vision for the pier of the future, all made from recycled materials
  • Take part in a straw bale build, den building, junk modelling, or just watch everyone else!

FREE entry – come along and enjoy a great day out for all.

10am – 4pm at the Hastings Adventure Playground, Ore Valley.

See for more info.

10th May 2011, Tuesday

Free Biscuits!

Help survey and clean up litter on the Rye Harbour beach this Sunday as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Adopt-a-Beach’ programme.

Litter surveys take place at Rye Harbour and Pett Level four times a year; the spring surveys will take place on Sunday 15th May at 2pm at Rye Harbour, and on Sunday 22nd May at 10am at Pett Level.

Please come along and help with these national surveys – your efforts will be rewarded with great views, good birdwatching, fabulous company and….biscuits!

For the Rye Harbour survey meet at Rye Harbour car park, for the Pett Level survey meet on the sea wall by the Smugglers pub.

For more details please email or telephone 01797 227784.

30th October 2009, Friday

Camber Castle open on Saturday

Camber Castle will be open to visitors on Saturday 31st October from 1.00-4.00pm. New children’s book “The Ghost of Camber Castle” will be available to buy for just £7, and author Marian Mason will be there to sign your copy! Alternatively, people can take part in a guided walk taking in both the Castle and the wildlife at Castle Water. The walk leaves Brede Lock at 1pm and will finish at around 4pm. Donations appreciated.

27th October 2009, Tuesday

New Birdwatching Hide

There is now a birdwatching hide overlooking The Quarry close to Ternery Pool. It is dedicated to the memory of Steve Denny, and will be wheelchair accessible in a few months.


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