Here is the latest from the Dungeness RSPB Reserve:
Reserve News Updates
Winter Work Programme
It’s the last month of our winter work programme before we start our spring work in April. Winter work consists mostly of habitat management – lots of strimming, raking, burning and chainsawing! Come spring we won’t be able to do this as plants will be starting to grow and flower and wildlife will be breeding and birds will be nesting in our willow and bramble. We are still clearing our Oppen Pits of willow and reed mace to encourage the fen habitat and higher biodiversity. We are also improving these pools for the rare great crested newts that we have on the reserve. By removing the willow, we are encouraging more light to enter the pool which allows for better plant growth under the water. The newts will lay their eggs on the plants in the water. We will be cutting back and removing some sea buckthorn on the reservewhich is a spiky shrub that grows quite quickly and can dominate a habitat if it’s not managed. Over at the ARC we will be removing sea buckthorn along some sand and shingle ridges to help improve the growth of rare mosses and lichens. These only grow in a few places in the UK and Dungeness is the best place for them.
After the snow and freezing temperatures we experienced a few weeks ago we are finally starting to see signs of spring. Our willow is starting to bud which will grow the all-important catkins – the first source of nectar for early bees this time of year. Our first wheatear of the spring was sighted on the reserve yesterday. These are one of our earliest migrants, so we know once they’ve arrived spring migration has started! We still have some winter wildfowl such as goldeneye, Slavonian grebe and smew so come and visit these before they head back north!
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 Thursday and every first Sunday of the month, 9am-4pm. Please contact the reserve on 01797 320588 and ask for Alan Kell or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are taking school visit bookings for this year’s summer term. 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! For more information, please contact email@example.com or visit: https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-teachers/school-trips/
There is plenty to see and do at RSPB Dungeness! See below or check out our website www.rspb.org.uk/dungeness for more details about all our events.
To book contact 01797 320 588 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Saturday 7, 14, 21 & 28 April
7am – 10am
Want to experience one of Dungeness’s most marvellous spectacles? Come on a sunrise walk and listen to the distinctive call of our booming bitterns echoing from the reedbeds. Jump out of bed, join us for an experience to remember, and round it all off with a tasty cooked breakfast!
Adult £20. Child £10.
20% discount for RSPB members and
Wildlife Explorers. Please pay in advance.
Wild Families in Spring
3, 4 & 12 April
11am – 3pm
Packed full of activities, our Wild Families
Day gives you a chance to get up close and personal with nature here at Dungeness. From pond dipping and birdwatching to den building and bug hunting, there is plenty to keep you busy throughout the day! If the barn owls are obliging, we might even have a go at dissecting their pellets!
Please wear sensible clothing and bring a packed lunch with you.
Child £8. Accompanying adults £2.
20% discount for Wildlife Explorers.
Easter Egg Hunt
Every day throughout the holidays
Friday 30 March – Sunday 15 April
Drop in any time between 10am – 4pm.
No need to book in advance.
Come for a day out with the family to explore our wonderful reserve. Pick up an activity sheet from the desk at the visitor centre and explore the trail to see if you can find all the eggs that have been hidden! There’s a prize if you can find them all!
£1 per activity sheet.
Fees apply to walk the nature trail.
Borrow a Birdwatcher
Friday 4 May
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. Please pay in advance.
Spring Migration Walk
Wednesday 16 May
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 spring time to feed and breed here. From swallows to terns and everything in between, 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.
An afternoon dip…
Monday 28 May – Friday 1 June
Drop in and have a go between 2pm – 4pm
Do you want to learn more about the creepy crawlies that hide under the surface of a pond? Grab a net and a bucket and delve into the pond to see what creatures we discover! Don’t forget to explore our Discovery Area’s self-led trail too!
£2 per person + usual entry fee. No need to book.
(Entry is free for RSPB members)