High Weald

Introduction: These Pools were dug in the 1940s to provide material for sea defences. They now provide stunning open water and marginal habitats for birds within the Pett Levels, and can be easily looked over from the adjacent road.

Location: Adjacent to Pett Level Road, running between Winchelsea Beach and Fairlight, East Sussex.

What can I do? The Pools are a perfect location for bird watching – you only need to get out of your car on the roadside to see a very wide range of wetland species.

What can I see? Many different passage waders frequent the Pools - including sandpipers, dunlin, redshank and curlew. Several duck species can be seen – including shoveler, teal and wigeon. The fringing reedbeds attract bearded tit and, if you are lucky, you might see a marsh harrier quartering over the reeds.

What can I hear? Listen out for the calls of some of the different waders, especially distinctive species such as curlew and redshank.

Grid Reference: TQ901144(OS Map)
OS Map: 199 (Landranger, 1:50,000)
Opening Times: Pools have restricted access but can be viewed from the road at any time.
Prices: Free

Nearest train station: Rye 2.5 miles
Nearest NCN route: Route 2 runs along Pett Level Road, adjacent to the Pools.

Where can I park? Limited parking on roadside verges

Where can I get further information? Please see the specialist Rye Bay wildlife website