credit Luke Shenton
A large ancient flood meadow that attracts vast numbers of a wide variety of birds, as well as numerous other animals and plant life.
The seasonal flooding of the meadow combined with the rich soils has resulted in a mosaic of habitats, consisting of reedbeds, marshy grasslands and fen vegetation. A fantastic reserve for birdwatching, Rye Meads also has many invertebrates, as well as frogs, toads, newts and grass snakes, which find shelter here. Konik ponies are used to graze the site.
We use konik ponies to keep our grassland at Rye Meads in good condition for wildflowers and a whole host of other wildlife. Help us to continue our vital grazing programme by sponsoring one of our living lawnmowers!
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Species and habitats
- Grassland, Standing water, Wetland, Woodland
- Water Rail, Bittern, Snipe, Teal, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Whitethroat, Water Vole, Water Shrew, Harvest Mouse, Otter, Reed Warbler, Cuckoo, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Meadowsweet, Grass Snake