Rye Meads again

Rye Meads is a 58.5 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Rye House, Hertfordshire. It is also part of the Lea Valley RAMSAR site (a group of internationally important wetland sites) and a Special Protection Area. The SSSI is divided into three areas. North of Rye Road is the Rye Meads nature reserve, which is open to the public. The western half of this nature reserve, next to the River Lea in the Lee Valley Regional Park, is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). The eastern half is managed by the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT). The SSSI also includes a meadow and lagoons owned by Thames Water south of Rye Road which is not open to the public.

The RSPB reserve has ten birdwatching hides, trails and a visitor centre. Birds include kingfisher, snipe, green sandpiper, shoveler, gadwall and tufted duck.

The HMWT site is an ancient flood meadow which has a variety of habitats including reedbed, marshy grassland and fen. It is grazed by ponies and water buffalo.

On the way to Munich

April 2017, Biberwier, Austria

April 2017, Biberwier, Austria

Stroll with Leon

November 2016, Epping Forest, London, UK

November 2016, Epping Forest, London, UK

November 2016, Epping Forest, London, UK

November 2016, Epping Forest, London, UK

Kayaking

Zbiczno

Lena’s first ever catch


About 12 cm of THE RUDD.
The rudd is a small fish, often reaching no more than about 35cm, maximum length is 45-50cm. The body has a bluish silvery colour and becomes white at the belly. The fins are red. Young specimens have a slender build; older specimens acquire a higher and broader body shape. The rudd can often be recognized by the big red spot in the iris above and beside the pupil. Colours of the eye and fins can be very pale, however, in some environments.

Connaught Water in Epping Forest

Brodnickie

Rye Meads Nature Reserve

Cold Hatfield

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Partially frozen Hatfield Forest Lake.

January 2015, Hatfield Forest Lake, Hatfield, UK

January 2015, Hatfield Forest Lake, Hatfield, UK