Here is the latest news from Dugeness RSPB reserve:
Reserve News Updates
Spring migration is in full swing. This is such a fantastic part of the year where we still have winter birds lingering on site but are welcoming a huge influx of summer migrants (both birds and insects!). The Andrena vaga, grey-backed mining bee can be seen on our sandy bank by Dennis’ hide. This bee colony is only one of two in the UK! These rare bees are active early on in the spring and feed off the willow catkin pollen. These bees are grey as their name suggests but you might see them covered in a yellow fuzz which is the pollen from the catkins.
Sand martins and swallows have ...
It is no surprise that the RSPB Minsmere reserve is our most visited destination for our group coach trips -it is a wonderful place with its varied mosaic of habitats situated on the Suffolk heritage coastline. A prominent landmark seen from the reserve is the white dome of Sizewell B power station owned and operated by EDF Energy.
EDF are currently have consultation out for the building of a third nuclear power station on the Sizewell estate. This could be a huge threat to this special place. Despite years of the RSPB working with EDF to try to minimise the impacts on nature, EDF still have not provided sufficient evidence that their proposals will not have a significant impact on Minsmere.
Our spring coach trip this year is to Wicken Fen, the National Trust's oldest nature reserve which provides a window on a ‘lost landscape' - a unique remnant of undrained fenland which once covered the vast lowlands of East Anglia. Today Wicken Fen is one of Europe's most important wetlands, home to over 9,000 recorded species including many rare species of birds, plants and dragonflies.
Spring highlights include bitterns booming deep in the reedbeds, drumming snipe and woodcock roding. Hopefully we may also see early summer migrants including swallows, sand martins, swifts, warblers and cuckoos.
Several trails are available including the easily accessible all-weather Boardwalk trail at the heart of the reserve enclosing the ancient Sedge Fen. There is also a good ...
Important notice from the RSPB:With immediate effect, we are no longer able to accept donations of used postage stamps.We are very grateful for any continued donations of stamp collections, first day covers and albums. These will be sent of our UK Headquarters for monthly sale by a specialist auction house.Thank you for all your support helping us stamp out albatross deaths. If you have been collecting postage stamps over the Christmas period, thank you, but as we are no longer able to accept them please dispose them in your waste and / or recycling system.Paul
Our first “Tuesday morning” walk of the year takes place this Tuesday, 23rd April at Riverside Country Park. Meet in car park ME7 2XH (TQ808682). Naturalist Trevor Hatton will be helping us locate the special wildlife at this venue. Can he repeat his success of last year & find the adders? […]
Our next outdoor meeting takes place this Sunday, 14th April at Sevenoaks KWT Meet in the car park TN13 3DL (TQ519566). Ducks, geese & grebes & perhaps early migrants. Refreshments available. The meeting starts at 10am and will finish around 4pm. Leaders: Steve & Hazel
On a fresh and overcast Sunday morning, seventeen of us met in the car park at the Sevenoaks Kent Wildlife Trust Reserve. we then quickly reassembled by the horse field, to try and spot the ring ouzel that had been sighted previously. Thankfully, a couple of our eagle-eyed members found […]
Twelve members met at Oare Marshes KWT reserve on a bright and sunny morning. The early arrivals had brief views of a short-eared owl followed by a good view of a red kite. However, a little while later, the short-eared owl played the game and gave everyone great views as […]