Here is the latest news from the team at the Dungeness RSPB reserve:
Reserve News Updates
Although this summer has not been as good as last years (where’s the sun?), we’ve managed to see some amazing wildlife on our reserve this month. Over the last few weeks we have been seeing a great number of wading birds and beat a record for number of redshank counted at once. We had 328 redshank last week which beat the previous record of 151 in 1977. 60 greenshank were seen and approximately 30 spotted redshank were recorded over the reserve too. About 10 or so wood sandpiper are currently on the reserve as well as little ringed plover, black- and bar-tailed godwits and a large ...
The big butterfly count 2019 is taking place between Friday July 17th and Sunday August 11th.
Taking part is easy - simply spend 15 minutes on a sunny day counting butterflies, either in a fixed location like your garden or while out on a walk, then record your sightings online or via an app. The good news is you can take part as many times as you want on different days or different locations.
Full details can be found on the big butterfly count website, where you will also find details of previous years' surveys and a handy identification guide if you need to brush up on your butterflies, and also details of the phone app.
Arrangements for our second coach trip for this year are now complete, so we are pleased to announce details our visit to Minsmere on Saturday, 12th October 2019.
This year we are visiting this lovely reserve in the autumn when migration is in full swing with a continuous stream of birds passing through. Wading birds on the Scrape may include curlew sandpipers, little stints or ruffs and perhaps a rare visitor from North America. The red deer rut is the star attraction on the heath during October.
Full details can now be found on our Coach Trips page - book your place early as this will be a popular trip.
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 next outdoor meeting takes place this Saturday, 17th August at Sevenoaks KWT. Meet in the car park TN13 3DL (TQ519566) for a Summer visit to see flowers, butterflies & dragonflies and ducks & geese with their young. The meeting starts at 10am and will finish around 4pm. Leaders: John […]
Our next outdoor meeting takes place this Sunday, August 4th at Rye Harbour. Meet in the car park TN31 7TU (TQ941189). Common, Little & Sandwich terns breed here and will be feeding young. Gulls, including Mediterranean gulls, right in front of the hides. The meeting will start at 10am and will finish […]
Nineteen members of the group managed to negotiate the closures of the M20 for our trip to this excellent Reserve. Established as a Local Nature Reserve in 1970, three years later the ‘Friends of Rye Harbour’ group was formed, over the years these members have played a major role […]
On Tuesday the group visited Grain Coastal Park. Back home the temperature reached 31.5 C but a beautiful cooling sea breeze made the conditions for us very pleasant. The tide was out (a long way out!) and with the sea and mudflats shimmering in the sunlight, viewing distant birds with […]