Sep 172017
 

here is the latest news from RSPB Dungeness:

Reserve News Updates

Summer Work Programme

One of the biggest projects our reserve has seen for a long time has just finished. Over the last six weeks we have been undertaking work on Burrowes Pit to raise the heights of the islands. The ‘Re-tern project’ has increased the island heights and shaped them accordingly to attract an array of wildlife to them all year round. Particularly, the project aimed to increase the amount of habitat in which our declining seabirds can breed on. This will help give their population a good boost to the South East region.

In total, 46 islands have been raised by an average of 44cm, which has created around 22,000m² of exposed shingle. This is around the size of 3 football pitches! This increases the amount of breeding space for seabirds and roosting space for our wintering wildfowl. Thanks to these improved islands we hope to encourage breeding species such as common and little terns, black-headed, common and potentially Mediterranean gulls every spring.

Wildlife Highlights

With the weather noticeably colder this week, we are well underway with our autumn migration. We’ve had lots of waders stay with us over the last few weeks including large numbers of common sandpiper, golden plover and dunlin. We’ve also seen a few unusual ones such as a pectoral sandpiper and a grey phalarope has just been seen off the Dungeness beach. Our swifts have gone and we are seeing a few dawdling sand martins and swallows as they gather to prepare to fly across the sea. We are also getting a build-up of starlings and seeing our wintering birds such as wigeon and teal.

Enjoy the last of the wildflowers this month as we see legumes such as clover and common vetch attract bumblebees and butterflies. New bumblebee queens are starting to emerge to look for hibernating places for next year so keep an eye out for them.

Volunteering opportunity!

Want to try something different? Then volunteer for RSPB Dungeness! We need people who are willing to help our reserve team of staff and volunteers with important conservation tasks around the reserve. Get up close to nature and see a different side of our spectacular reserve by undertaking a variety of habitat management and site maintenance tasks. Opportunities available every Tuesday or Thursday 9am-4.15pm. We also run a reserve party on every first Sunday of the month too. Please contact the reserve on 01797 320588 and ask for Angela Wood or email angela.wood@rspb.org.uk

Education programme

We’ve launched our new schools on reserves programme! We are so excited to be able to provide outdoor education for local schools again. We will be exploring the reserves pond habitats, seeing what minibeasts live under the water and also trying to identify birds that live on top of it! We are taking bookings for school visits for this half term (until end of October) and next year’s summer term.

Events

Even when the weather starts to get colder, there is still plenty to see at do at RSPB Dungeness.

See below or check out our website www.rspb.org.uk/dungeness for more details about all our events.

Upcoming Events!

To book contact 01797 320 588 or dungeness@rspb.org.uk

Booking is essential for all events apart from free ‘drop-in’ events.

RSPB members benefit from 20% discount on event prices where stated.

Children attending events must be accompanied by adults.

 

Dungeness in the Dark

Saturday 16 September

6.30pm – 9.30pm

What wildlife will come out to play once the stars are out? What distant galaxies might we spot through the telescopes? Most important of all….how many marshmallows will you pile on top of your hot chocolate?! Come and join our friendly, knowledgeable staff on a unique chance to see this wonderful reserve at a time that few others get to see it – in the dark!

Adult £10. Child £5.  Please pay in advance.

20% discount for RSPB members & Wildlife Explorers.

 

Bird Watching for Beginners

Sunday 17 September: 11am – 1pm

Love birds but want to know more about them? Then come on an autumn-time walk around our reserve with a friendly guide with expert knowledge on all things feathery! And don’t worry if you don’t own a pair of binoculars, they are available to hire from the visitor centre for a small fee.

Adult £7.50. Child £3.50

20% discount for RSPB members & Wildlife Explorers.

 

Borrow a Birdwatcher

Friday 6 October

10.30am – 1.30pm

Whether you’re a keen bird watcher or only just beginning, if it’s your first visit to RSPB Dungeness or you are a regular, this event caters for all!

With one-on-one guidance from an RSPB volunteer and expert birdwatcher, you’ll be taught some of the basics of bird identification and taken to the best spots around our reserve to watch many different species of birds.

Individual – £25

Couple – £45

Family/group 3- 4 people – £65 – £75

Prices include a hot drink and free binocular hire for those without. 20% discount for

RSPB members & Wildlife Explorers

 

Autumn Migration Walk

Wednesday 11 October

10.30am – 12.30pm

If you’re a beginner or an expert bird watcher, this walk is for all people fascinated by birds! Come and see which birds visit Dungeness in the autumn time. Autumn is perfect for migrating birds passing through Dungeness as they head to warmer climates. This is the walk for you if you want to learn more about our overseas visitors as well as the birds that stay here all year round. Led by a friendly guide with expert knowledge on all things feathery!

Adult £7. Child £3.50.

20% discount for RSPB members & Wildlife Explorers.

 

Wild Families – Awesome Autumn

Tuesday 24 & Thursday 26 October

11am – 2pm

What do animals do in the autumn? Learn about the importance of this season for wildlife and what we can do to help prepare them for the winter months. Get involved in lots of autumnal activities! Create artwork out of fallen leaves and twigs, pinecones and more. Learn how to make your own bird feeders. Using our very own wildlife as inspiration, this session is all about painting and creating!

Children £8. Accompanying adults £1.

20% discount for Wildlife Explorers.

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