Mar 142019

here is the latest from the RSPB reserve at Dungeness:

Reserve News Updates

After a quiet winter, we saw visitor numbers boom in the warm spell we had during February which coincided nicely with the half-term holiday. Thanks to everyone who chose Dungeness as a place to come to bask in the unseasonably warm weather. Seems like a distant memory already as we have been battered by storm Gareth this week. We still get some very brave souls who’ve walk the nature trail though! These strange weather patterns really does prove that climate change is happening right now and we all need to do something about it. It’s so pleasing to see that our generation of young people have been standing up and speaking about how this will affect them more than anyone. It is already affecting our wildlife. We have had sightings of swallows and sand martins here already and the first one recorded in the UK was 10 days earlier than last year. If we have a freezing spell now this could wipe out many migrating birds on their journey, as the ‘Beast from the East’ did last year.

Education is the key! Nobody is ever too old to learn. So we have a jam-packed events programme for the spring and summer this year which caters for people with all levels of interest in the natural world. The reserve is taking bookings for Primary School visits in the summer term so please spread the word and contact me if you require more information about what amazing experiences we offer KS1 and 2 children.

Our winter work is starting to come to a close this year. Our reserve team have been clearing as many areas as possible of old vegetation growth ready for the spring, providing a better home for wildlife to feed and breed. Many of our oppen pits (natural, fresh water pits) have been cleared of invasive willow to allow fen habitat to grow. Reed bed areas have been cut back around ARC and Hookers pit to provide space for new growth. Bitterns have been booming already and it looks like we may have a potential pair over by Hookers Pit area which is very exciting!

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

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

Education programme

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 Louise on 01797 320588, email or visit:


There are lots of events coming up in April and I’d appreciate it if you took the time to advertise them for us!

There is plenty to see and do at RSPB Dungeness! See below or check out our website for more details about all our events.

To book contact 01797 320 588 or

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.


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.


A Talk With: The Biking Birder, Gary Prescott

Friday 5 April

6pm – 8pm

Gary Prescott is the only man to have been to every RSPB nature reserve in the UK. He has done that twice and both times by cycling to them all! Last year Gary cycled and pack rafted in Peru, becoming the World Green Birding champion. With photographs and videos taken on his travels, Gary will be talking about his four Biking Birder adventures. Gary has done many talks around the country and has been on Springwatch and The Adventure Show. Refreshments will be provided throughout the talk.

Adults £10. Children £5.
20% discount for RSPB members. Please pay in advance. The talk will be held in our Visitor Centre.


Bittern Breakfast

Saturday 6, 20 & 27 April

Sunday 14 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 & Wildlife Explorers. Please pay in advance.


Bird Watching for Beginners

Sunday 14 April

11am – 1pm


Spring Migration Walk

Wednesday 17 April

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.


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