Oct 212018

Here is the latest news from Dungeness:

Reserve News Updates

Wildlife is thriving at Dungeness. Due to the unseasonal warm weather there is still an abundance of insects and food for wildlife. Even now we are still seeing summer birds such as swallows and hobbies on the reserve. Dragonflies and butterflies are still enjoying the warm sun and marsh frogs have been croaking away like it is spring. Although wonderful for us to have continued warm and sunny weather it is a troubling sign for the future of our climate here in Britain. Climate change is a very real thing and we need to come to terms with it fairly quickly.

The breeding season has drawn to a close and what a phenomenal season it has been. After the completion of the Re-Tern project last autumn it was a waiting game to see how many terns would turn up to use the array of new islands and rafts on Burrowes Pit, in amongst the anti-predator fences and decoy birds. Five nests were found early in the season and our team were happy that the project had been an immediate success. Little did we know that we would end the season with 72 common tern nests (the highest record since 1999) which fledged a whopping 77 birds (our highest record since 1991)!

Hide doors and reserve benches are being repaired, repainted and replaced out on the reserve to carry on giving our visitors a quality time here at RSPB Dungeness. Vegetation is continuing to be cleared in front of hides and completed this month have been the ARC screen, Christmas Dell and Scott hide. Since the Hanson hide vegetation has been cleared we have had reports of close bittern views from visitors in that hide which is really great news. Fresh grit has been put out on our tray ready for our bearded tits; we have had reports of them using it already! This is a great opportunity to view these impressive little birds as they are usually well hidden amongst the reeds. Bearded tits eat grit in autumn time which aids in their digestion of the seeds they feed on during autumn and winter.

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, Thursday and every first Sunday of the month, 9am-4pm. Please contact the reserve on 01797 320588 and ask for Craig or craig.edwards@rspb.org.uk

If you don’t fancy all that manual work, the visitor centre is also looking for friendly and chatty volunteers to help manage our counter and reception area. Volunteer for a full day or half a day based on a rota that is flexible around you. If you love talking to people, particularly about wildlife and are happy to serve people in our shop then please call the reserve on 01797 320588 and ask for Mary or email mary.faherty@rspb.org.uk


Our Winter Fair is coming up on Sunday 9th December. If you can, please display or print our poster – we’d love some more advertising to make this a success. We are looking to turn this into more of a community event so if you are a stall holder or local charity and wish to be present during the day then please get in touch. There’s no fee for the stall if you are selling items but we just ask for a donation or a contribution to our raffle. Please contact me for more information.

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.

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.


Wildlife Events


Wild Things at Halloween

Monday 22 & Wednesday 24 October

11am – 2pm

Come along to Dungeness this half-term to learn about some of the awesome and gruesome wildlife we have here! Delve into our ponds to discover leeches and toads. Mix up concoctions in a cauldron to feed the birds. Search our trail for slimy slugs and unusual fungi. Collect materials to make your own monsters to take home with you! Please wear sensible clothing and bring a packed lunch.

Children £8. Accompanying adults £2.

20% discount for Wildlife Explorers.


Spooky Spider Hunt

Saturday 20 October – Sunday 4 November

Drop in any time between 10am and 3pm

Explore our nature trail and learn about the wonders of spiders on your way round. Can you find the answers to all the questions on our spiders which are hidden round the trail? There’s a prize in it for you if you can find them all! This is a self-led activity, pick up an activity sheet from our visitor centre, open daily from 10am to 4pm, throughout the half-term.

£1 per participant plus usual entry fee to walk the trail (entry free for RSPB members)


Autumn Migration Walk

Wednesday 14 November

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 local guide with expert knowledge on all things feathery!

Adult £7. Child £3.50.

20% discount for RSPB members & Wildlife Explorers.


Christmas Cracker Hunt

Saturday 8 December – Sunday 6 January

Drop in any time between 10am and 3pm

Can you answer all the cracker jokes by finding the Christmas crackers which have been hidden around the reserve? Pop in any time and have a go at this self-led trail. There’s a small prize if you can find them all!

£1 per participant plus entry fee to walk the trail (entry free for RSPB members)


Winter Fair

Sunday 9 December

11am – 4pm

Join us for a wonderful winter wildlife fair! We will be hosting Christmas arts and crafts activities all day in the visitor centre and there will be local craft and produce stalls, free mulled wine, guided walks as well as a raffle and a Christmas treasure hunt for the children. Just pop in any time during the day and enjoy a lovely wintry day at Dungeness packed full of activities!

Free. Entry fees apply to walk the nature trail (free for RSPB members).


Winter Wildlife Walk

Wednesday 12 December

10.30am – 12.30pm

Come and join us on a guided walk to see which birds and wildlife visit and live at Dungeness in the winter time. Wrap up warm and brave the cold to look for an array of wildlife from stoats to smew and blue tits to buzzards. Led by a friendly guide with expert knowledge on the wildlife at Dungeness. It’s a fantastic time of year to see a range of bird species and other wildlife on the reserve and if we’re lucky, Dungeness looks stunning on a crisp frosty day so bring your cameras!

Adult £7. Child £3.50.

20% discount for RSPB members

& Wildlife Explorers.


Sound Mirror Events


Photography Days

Get up close and personal with the Sound Mirrors. These events are for individuals who wish to view and photograph, sketch or paint the Sound Mirrors. With a limited number of people on the site it is a great opportunity for quiet reflection and a chance to view the mirrors without the busy crowds of the open day.

(Morning) Friday 19th October, 9am-11.30am

(Evening) Monday 19th November, 2.30pm-5pm

(Evening) Wednesday 12th December, 2pm – 4.30pm

£35 per person. Please meet at the entrance to Lade Pits, off Leonard Road, Greatstone, TN28 8RZ

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