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Dungeness reserve update - January 2020

Here is the latest news and upcoming events from the Dungeness RSPB reserve: Reserve News Updates Hopefully some crisp winter days are yet to come as at the moment we are still a bit soggy and wet down here just like the rest of the country. However, lots of wading birds have been making use of our overflowing pools and we’ve seen thousands of lapwing and golden plover as well as knot, black-tailed godwit, ruff and curlew. Ducks of course like the wet weather and if you fancy viewing some wildlife without being in the weather yourself, then it is really worth popping into our cosy visitor centre where the big picture window looks out onto our lakes where currently lots of ...

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2020 programme, Winter 2019 Newsletter, and membership renewal

Our new Programme of Events for 2020 is now available. Click on this link to find your copy. We also have our (bumper issue) winter 2019 newsletter for you to enjoy. Click on this link to find your copy. Lastly, it's nearly time to renew your membership for 2020. Please click on this link to find a copy of the renewal letter.  Full details of how to renew are contained within the letter.

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Coach trip to Minsmere

A few slight coach hiccups and rain didn't deter our avid members on this Autumn visit to the fantastic reserve on the Suffolk coast. We were also joined by a few people from the Medway group, who are always welcome.  Ian, a visitor experience officer from the RSPB, greeted us on the coach to inform us of the recent sightings and the latest news.  After checking in at reception, the group went their separate ways around this fascinating place. One of our first avian encounters was seeing blue tits using the sand martin nest holes as their own! Excellent to see that these lovely little birds are very resourceful. Just before the wooden bridge, Sally found a birds-nest fungi, the ...

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Love Minsmere

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. Please ...

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Recent Announcements

  • Birdwatching in Yunnan (China)

    Our first indoor meeting or 2020 takes place this Thursday, 9th January at Northfleet school for Girls. The presentation will be “Birdwatching in Yunnan (China)” by Jeff Blincow. Our programme starts with Jeff’s winter trip to Yunnan, featuring birds, fungi, dragonflies & dinosaurs! The meeting starts at 07:30pm and finishes […]

  • Shellness and Capel Fleet

    Happy New Year! It’s time to blow away the cobwebs and burn off some calories, so join us for our first meeting of 2020 which takes place this Sunday, 5th January at Shellness and Capel Fleet. Meet at the sea wall at Leysdown from where we will to walk to […]

Latest Trip Reports

  • Kicking off 2020 with trip to Shellness and Capel Fleet
    Kicking off 2020 with trip to Shellness and Capel Fleet

    Nineteen members of the Gravesend group met last weekend to kick off the 2020 programme with a visit to Shellness and Capel Fleet. The optimal time to visit Shellness is during high tide when thousands of waders can be seen on the high tide roost.  This year however the first […]

  • Elmley Trip 7th December
    Elmley Trip 7th December

    A bright start to a winters day at Elmley on Saturday, where 18 members of the group met up.   Enjoying the drive along the entrance track had already given us excellent sightings of marsh harrier, buzzard, several hundred lapwing, ruff (including one which seemed to already be gaining its white […]

Members’ Posts

Group Leader’s Notes