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Dungeness Reserve update - February 2020

Here is the latest news from the RSPB reserve at Dungeness: Reserve News Updates We are now on social media! Find us on Facebook and very soon to be Twitter: www.facebook.com/RSPBDungeness and @RSPBDungeness for Twitter. We have hired an excavator to carry out some work around our reserve. It is currently at the ARC pits, removing the encroaching sea buckthorn plants to create bare sand habitat which will benefit a host of species including rare mosses and plants such as Jersey cudweed, as well as mining bees and wasps. Sea buckthorn is a spiky shrub with bitter orange berries. Although not invasive, they spread very quickly and can take over if not managed correctly. The excavator is helping to do this job quickly ...

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Minsmere Coach Trip Details - 31st May

We are pleased to announce details for our coach trip to RSPB Minsmere on Sunday 31st May 2020. Spring is a fantastic time of year to enjoy the sights and sounds of Minsmere. From booming bitterns to warbling warblers, this lovely reserve has woodland, heathland, coast and pools full of wildlife. We hope to see terns and avocets feeding their young, marsh harriers, hobbies and maybe even an otter! The reserve has hides, trails, and a good visitor centre with cafeteria. The coach will leave Gravesend Rail Station, Clive Rd, Gravesend, at 8.00 am and leave Minsmere at about 4.30 pm. Please take your RSPB membership card if you are a member as there is an entry charge for those who are not ...

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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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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

  • Seabirds of the British Isles

    Our next indoor meeting takes place this Tuesday, 25 February at Gravesend Masonic Hall, 25 Wrotham Road, Gravesend, DA11 0PA. The feature presentation will be “Seabirds of the British Isles” by Brian Gallop. With miles of coast around Britain, sea birds are found everywhere, attracted to our cliffs and islands […]

  • Sevenoaks KWT reserve
    Sevenoaks KWT reserve

    Our next outdoor meeting takes place this Saturday, 22 February at Sevenoaks KWT reserve. Meet in the reserve car park TN13 3DH. We hope to see geese and grebes on the lakes, with redpolls and siskins in the alder trees. Refreshments available. The meeting will start at 10am and will […]

Latest Trip Reports

  • Sevenoaks Trip Report
    Sevenoaks Trip Report

    On a blustery and damp day thirteen of us met to explore this hidden gem tucked away just north of Sevenoaks and south of the M26.  The reserve is based around several large lakes, left over from gravel workings in the last century and includes areas of varied woodland and […]

  • Dungeness Trip Report
    Dungeness Trip Report

    The first of this month’s outings was to be at Dungeness on Sunday 9th February.   Unfortunately storm Ciara had other ideas, heading for us on the same day.   Having decided to bring the meeting forward a day we hoped that anyone who wanted to come would see the […]

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