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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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