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Common Tern by Ian Griffin

Dungeness update for May 2019

Here is the latest news from the RSPB team at Dungeness: Reserve News Updates Many birds have settled down to nest, but some are still migrating through. Over the last couple of weeks we have seen a huge increase in common terns (we have over 150 on the reserve at the moment) as well as waders who are passing through to feed. A treat on a miserable, wet and windy Wednesday was over 50 black terns coming in and feeding over Burrowes Pit for the duration of the day. The next day they had all disappeared, but for the people who braved the weather to visit us I'm sure they thought it was well worth it! We're excited that cattle egrets are still ...

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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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Wicken Fen - Sunday 12th May

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 ...

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Albatross Stamp Appeal (C) RSPB Images

Albatross Stamp Appeal - Important Notice

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

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Recent Announcements

  • Stodmarsh

    Our next outdoor meeting takes place this Sunday, 26 May at Stodmarsh NNR Meet in the reserve car park CT3 4BE (TR221608). Songbirds at their best, blackcaps, reed warblers, whitethroats, thrushes & tits with hobbies & marsh harriers active over the reed beds. The meeting will start at 10am and will finish […]

  • Coach trip to Wicken Fen
    Coach trip to Wicken Fen

    Those of you with tickets will not need reminding that we have the first of our 2 annual coach trips this Sunday, 12th May. The first trip is to Wicken Fen, and you can find full details on our Coach Trips page. If you haven’t got a ticket, you could […]

Latest Trip Reports

  • Coach Trip to National Trust Wicken Fen Reserve
    Coach Trip to National Trust Wicken Fen Reserve

    Twenty-seven of us arrived at this beautiful reserve, where we were joined by Terry who had driven from his Suffolk home. Wicken Fen has been owned by the National Trust since 1899 and as our friendly greeter Martin explained, they have a 100 year project to expand the reserve even […]

  • Dawn Chorus 2019
    Dawn Chorus 2019

    Meeting up at 5am in Cliffe church car park may not be everyone’s idea of a good morning out, but 7 others joined me despite storm Hannah forecasted earlier in the week.  We started the morning with clear skies and the songs of blackbird and wren from the car park.  […]

Members’ Posts

Group Leader’s Notes

  • 2019 - Year of the Fly
    2019 – Year of the Fly

    How many of you knew that 2019 is the “Year of the Fly”? Apparently, flies are being celebrated all over the world and here in […]

  • Love Minsmere
    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 […]

  • Access at Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve

    Two of our group members visited Cliffe Pools recently and they report that, after parking in the RSPB car park at the bottom of Salt […]