Away from the bird colonies, Rye Harbour is a haven of peace, soaring skylarks and the buzz of bees the only sounds in the warm, sunny air. Several skylarks perched helpfully on the fencing, giving us great close up views. Rye is a botanist's paradise and along the pathways we spotted viper's bugloss, yellow horned poppy, sea cabbage, flowering stonecrop, centaury, agrimony, black mustard and a fabulous clump of brilliant pink pyramidal orchids. Bliss.Birds spotted...avocet, blackbird, cormorant, crow, mallard, little egret, goldfinch, black headed gull, herring gull, great black backed gull, lesser black backed gull, marsh harrier, linnet, magpie, meadow pipit, ringed plover, little ringed plover, redshank, common sandpiper, shelduck, skylark, sparrow, swallow, mute swan, pied wagtail, wood pigeon, moorhen, heron, little tern, common tern, sandwich tern (31 species)
After three hours of wandering "away from it all", we were ready to eat, so enjoyed a relaxing meal in the garden of the Beefeater near Pett Levels before heading home, without any hold ups this time, via Hastings and up along the A21.