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October 5, 2014, 4:43 pm
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I spent a day exploring Rye Harbour Nature Reserve on Romney Marsh.


I’ve always been fascinated by those areas between land and sea.  I walked out to Camber Castle.


When Henry VIII built this it was on the coast, defending Rye from France.  The sea has dumping shingle banks for centuries.  It’s a long walk to the sea.


Some of the gravel has been extracted and have left lakes attracting bird life.  I settled into a hide just as the wardens began to strim back the vegetation.  It was quieter on this side of the lake.


During the day I saw a lot of common water birds, a turnstone, a sparrow hawk, and (through a pair of powerful binoculars belonging to a birder I got into conversation with) a wheatear hiding from the hawk.  The day before I saw V’s of geese flying south.  Summer was coming to an end.

I walked to Winchelsea Beach passing those houses next to the sea that have an architecture all of their own.


The beach was deserted.  I ate my sandwiches watching the sea.


This narrow road was easier going than the beach and gave good views of the birds on the gravel pits.


This was a sad site.  The Lifeboat House housed the Mary Stanford, lost with all hands – local volunteers – trying to rescue a ship in the 1920’s.


The wind was biting.  I was glad to reach the river mouth at Rye Harbour and to walk back inland to Rye.


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