The UK Government have applied an Avian Influenza Protection Zone across the UK. This means that we must close our Aviaries to the public until the restrictions are lifted.
We do NOT have this virus at Raystede but we are required to put in place a range of measures to protect our birds. We are still open and welcome visitors to the rest of the site – please book your ticket.
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At Raystede, we love welcoming visitors for a glimpse into the vital work we do caring for animals and finding them their forever homes.

Welcome to Raystede. We are open from 10am to 4pm every day, excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Entry is free but it is essential to book a ticket. You can arrive any time and stay as long as you like.

Visitor numbers are limited for the welfare of our nervous rescue animals and to provide a better visitor experience.

* There is a daily guided tour at 11.30am. * Dogs on leads welcome.

Seeing the animals and birds at Raystede

Our Aviaries are currently closed to the public. This is due to avian flu restrictions that have been put in place across the UK by the Government.

We care for a wide range of animals and birds at Raystede, all of whom are encouraged to behave naturally. Depending on the season and weather they may choose to be outside or they might retreat inside. No day is the same!

Our goats, horses, ponies, alpaca and sheep are usually to be found grazing in the fields.

If you look quietly and carefully into the rodent room you may spot some of our smaller residents such as mice, rats, chinchillas and degus.

The rabbits can be nervous but you may catch them sunbathing or enjoying some fresh greens.

Our colony of tortoises are often out on warmer days and our terrapins are the ultimate sun worshippers!

Raystede is an animal charity and our team are working hard behind the scenes to help extremely anxious animals get to a stage where they can trust people again and be happily rehomed - these are the animals you won't see.

Our Kennels and Cattery are not open to visitors as some of our animals are nervous. If you are interested in adopting, complete an online application form or call 01825 840252 to arrange assistance.

Read on to find out more to help you enjoy your visit to Raystede.

Book your FREE visitor ticket

Seeing the animals and birds at Raystede

Our Aviaries are currently closed to the public. This is due to avian flu restrictions that have been put in place across the UK by the Government.

We care for a wide range of animals and birds at Raystede, all of whom are encouraged to behave naturally. Depending on the season and weather they may choose to be outside or they might retreat inside. No day is the same!

Our goats, horses, ponies, alpaca and sheep are usually to be found grazing in the fields.

If you look quietly and carefully into the rodent room you may spot some of our smaller residents such as mice, rats, chinchillas and degus.

The rabbits can be nervous but you may catch them sunbathing or enjoying some fresh greens.

Our colony of tortoises are often out on warmer days and our terrapins are the ultimate sun worshippers!

Raystede is an animal charity and our team are working hard behind the scenes to help extremely anxious animals get to a stage where they can trust people again and be happily rehomed - these are the animals you won't see.

Our Kennels and Cattery are not open to visitors as some of our animals are nervous. If you are interested in adopting, complete an online application form or call 01825 840252 to arrange assistance.

Read on to find out more to help you enjoy your visit to Raystede.

Book your FREE visitor ticket

Birds - *The Aviaries are closed to the public*

The UK Government have applied an Avian Influenza Protection Zone across the UK. This means that from 18 October 2022, we must close our Aviaries to the public until the restrictions are lifted. We do NOT have this virus at Raystede but we are required to put in place a range of measures to protect our birds. Birds are not allowed access to open or standing water and our geese have been removed from the lake and ponds and are now in enclosures that will prevent them from coming into contact with wild birds.

We are still open and welcome visitors to enjoy the rest of the beautiful site.


Dogs

You may not always see rescued dogs in the runs or around the site. Some of our dogs are nervous or have special behavioural needs so they might need some downtime in the kennels. The dogs get a lot of walks from the staff and volunteers (often after visiting hours) and they are also receiving training behind the scenes in our behaviour room and agility field.

Dogs on leads are very welcome in all areas, except the Small Animals area and Rabbitry.

Dogs

You may not always see rescued dogs in the runs or around the site. Some of our dogs are nervous or have special behavioural needs so they might need some downtime in the kennels. The dogs get a lot of walks from the staff and volunteers (often after visiting hours) and they are also receiving training behind the scenes in our behaviour room and agility field.

Dogs on leads are very welcome in all areas, except the Small Animals area and Rabbitry.

Daily tour

Join our free guided tour every day at 11.30am. Head to the meeting point outside Visitor Information where you will find your personal tour guide.

Rehoming and adoption

Many of our animals are looking for their forever home. If you would like to adopt or need to give up an animal, please visit our adoption pages to view the animals available. Alternatively, please call us on 01825 840252.

Please support our work!

Raystede is a charity and we need your support to enable us to continue caring for the animals who so desperately need our help. Please support us during your visit by using our pet goods shop, charity shop and café, giving a donation. Visit our ‘How you can help’ pages to find out more about getting involved and supporting Raystede.

How to find us

Raystede is located on the B2192, between Ringmer and Halland, opposite the East Sussex Gliding Club. For directions and contact details, please visit our Contact Us page.

Thank you, enjoy your visit!

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