Sussex Wildlife Trust, in partnership with the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, have received planning permission to build a modern visitor centre to help people learn and discover more about the wildlife and natural heritage in and around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.
The nature reserve has 330,000 visits every year and is one of the largest and most important wildlife sites in England, set in an exceptional coastal and wetland landscape and home to 4,500 varieties of plants and animals including more than 300 rare or endangered species.
We are currently working on plans to enhance the visitor experience for people who come and enjoy the nature reserve throughout the year. Our current Information Centre based at Lime Kiln Cottage is cold and damp, is vulnerable to flooding and provides no refreshment or toilet facilities for the public. Lime Kiln Cottage is therefore no longer fit for purpose and requires significant redevelopment to provide adequate facilities for visitors to the site. The new Discovery Centre is to be constructed on precisely the same site as the existing Information Centre, directly on the principal approach most people use to access the Nature Reserve, and with the very minimum impact on the delicate surrounding ecosystem.
Find out more about the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre Appeal.