Jan 162019

Here is the latest news from the team at Dungeness:

Reserve News Updates

We’ve spent a bit of time this month at Lade Pits which is our newest addition to the reserve (taken over from CEMEX in 2015). Removing graffiti from the old railway bridge has been our main job. It’s nowhere near finished as it is a tiresome and labour intensive job, but its looking a lot better! We’ve also been enhancing the entrance ways to the reserve as well as clearing and widening pathways.

We’ve also been undertaking some willow and sea buckthorn clearance over at ARC. These plants can become very invasive if not managed correctly and it is important that we keep them under control to allow for growth of other shingle colonising plants, especially our Jersey cudweed which is a unique plant to the site that grows on damp sand around the water pits.

Due to very mild winter temperatures both here and on the continent, we are seeing far less winter birds than expected. Our smew haven’t arrived and we are concerned that they may not come to us at all this year. Other reserves in the UK are also experiencing this too. Climate change really is starting to affect what species of bird and also insects we are seeing and will see on our reserve in the future.

RSPB Dungeness featured on Countryfile on Sunday 13th January. Our wardens were talking about the success of our new islands on Burrowes Pit and also the large number of cormorants we are seeing on the reserve. Catch up on BBC iPlayer if you haven’t already seen it: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0c0cdbz/countryfile-kent

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Join in the Big Garden Birdwatch between the 26th and 28th January 2019. Count the birds you see in your garden, on your balcony or in your local park for an hour at any time over the three days. Submit your results to the RSPB to allow us to monitor the UK’s garden bird population. Pop into the reserve for a form or sign up online at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

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, 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


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.




Big Garden Birdwatch

Saturday 19 January

11am – 1pm

Joining in our Annual Big Garden Birdwatch this year? Then come and get prepared for it by learning about the birds you might see in your garden. Learn about what food birds love and make some suet cakes to take home with you for those hungry birds in your garden. For more information about the Big Garden Birdwatch, give us a call or check out our website: rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

Adults £7. Children £3.50.

20% discount for RSPB members & Wildlife Explorers.


Winter Wildlife Walk

Wednesday 20 February

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.


Borrow a Birdwatcher

Friday 1 March & Friday 15 March

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 – £30

Couple – £50

Family/group 3- 4 people – £70 – £80

Prices include a hot drink and free binocular hire for those without. Please pay in advance. 20% discount for RSPB members & Wildlife Explorers


Wildlife Walk

Wednesday 20 March

10.30am – 12.30pm

This walk is for everyone with a keen interest in wildlife! March can deliver us all sorts of animals. If the weather has been mild enough, we might see an early butterfly or bumblebee. March time also brings in early migrants to the country such as swifts and is the last chance to spot our wintering birds such as the smew, pintail or firecrest before they head north again. Join a knowledgeable guide on a walk around the reserve and see what delights you can spot at this time of year. 
Adult £7. Child £3.50.

20% discount for RSPB members & Wildlife Explorers.


Bird Watching for Beginners

Sunday 31 March

10.30am – 12.30pm

Love birds but want to know more about them? Then come on a spring-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. Child £3.50.

20% discount for RSPB members & Wildlife Explorers.


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