here is the latest from the RSPB reserve at Dungeness:
Reserve News Updates
After a quiet winter, we saw visitor numbers boom in the warm spell we had during February which coincided nicely with the half-term holiday. Thanks to everyone who chose Dungeness as a place to come to bask in the unseasonably warm weather. Seems like a distant memory already as we have been battered by storm Gareth this week. We still get some very brave souls who’ve walk the nature trail though! These strange weather patterns really does prove that climate change is happening right now and we all need to do something about it. It’s so pleasing to see that our generation of young people have been standing up ...
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 next outdoor meeting takes place this Sunday, 17th March at Blean Woods. Meet at the reserve car park CT2 9DD (TR126592). Woodland birds including tits, treecreepers, nuthatch & woodpeckers. The meeting starts at 10am and will finish around 4pm. Leaders: Claire & Jim
Our next indoor meeting takes place this Thursday, 14th March at Northfleet School for Girls. The presentation will be “IN SEARCH OF THE MONARCHS” by Pauline and Peter Heathcote. Pauline and Peter take us on a trip to Mexico and the exotic birds and butterflies they encountered. **Please note: due […]
A slow drive along the two mile entrance track to the Elmley National Nature Reserve car park showed the water levels had been raised since our last visit benefiting the many waders, with lots of lapwing and redshank close to the track. We had good views of some of the […]
Twenty of us met at the Old Lighthouse at Dungeness on a sunny, crisp and clear day. On our way to the beach starling and magpie were spotted but it was otherwise quiet. We stopped at the first bird hide and from there we had good views of gannets and […]