Here is the latest news from the RSPB team at Dungeness:
Reserve News Updates
A lot of our reserve work has been focussed on clearing willow and sea buckthorn from the ARC pits this month. It is a tough but important job to keep these two quite invasive species of plant in line. The pits we are clearing these from are extremely important breeding sites for the protected great crested newt. They need submerged and emergent vegetation to lay their eggs on in the spring. Removing willow allows more light into the ponds and therefore more submerged vegetation to grow. Our reserve volunteers and staff have also been clearing reed and willow away to open up better viewing areas for visitors along ...
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 indoor meeting takes place this Tuesday, 26 February at the Gravesend Masonic Halls. The presentation will be “LOOKING FOR THE GOSHAWK” by Conor Jameson. This once common bird of prey has all but disappeared from our forests. Why? And where is the elusive Goshawk now? The meeting starts […]
Our next outdoor meeting takes place this Sunday, 17th February at Dungeness. Park in the Old Lighthouse car park TN29 9NA (TR088169). We hope to see lots of gulls, gannets & grebes. Later we will visit the RSPB reserve TN29 9PS (TR067184) for ducks, egrets and possibly a bittern on the new RSPB islands. 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 […]
While the rest of the country struggled with snowy weather, Rainham Marshes was bathed in sunshine with white fluffy clouds set in a sky of blue. Despite a cold north wind and a little snow here and there, our visit was well worth it. It was a lovely day for […]