For a great family trip, visit this delightful wetland reserve beside the River Lee. Rye Meads is a favourite with walkers, birdwatchers and photographers too. There are wheelchair-friendly trails, and 10 hides (come just to see the amazing murals!) look out over the reedbeds, wet meadows, open water and artificial sandbanks, which are a great place to spot the blue flash of a kingfisher.
Common terns nest on specially-created rafts during the summer, and these days you're likely to hear the explosive song of the Cetti's warbler, a recent arrival here. If it is wildlife really close you are after, then butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies put on quite a show.
In winter, you can often see snipe, green sandpipers, shovelers, gadwalls and tufted ducks – in fact, there's always something to entertain you here. We have a really welcoming visitor centre, where you can watch the bird feeding area for close-up views of garden birds.
Families can borrow Explorer Backpacks to give children hours of fun learning about birds, wildlife and the environment, and we have a busy events programme offering something for everyone.