Apr 142019

Here is the latest news from Dugeness RSPB reserve:

Reserve News Updates

Spring migration is in full swing. This is such a fantastic part of the year where we still have winter birds lingering on site but are welcoming a huge influx of summer migrants (both birds and insects!). The Andrena vaga, grey-backed mining bee can be seen on our sandy bank by Dennis’ hide. This bee colony is only one of two in the UK! These rare bees are active early on in the spring and feed off the willow catkin pollen. These bees are grey as their name suggests but you might see them covered in a yellow fuzz which is the pollen from the catkins.

Sand martins and swallows have been seen flying over the reserve in their hundreds. We’ve had beautiful garganey seen on Burrowes Pit, a rare red-necked grebe seen for a few days as well as a white stork fly overhead. A common crane has taken up residence on the reserve and the arable fields surrounding us. It has been here for over a week now. Chiffchaffs and sedge warblers have arrived and joined in the chorus of the Cetti’s warblers, blackcaps and other beautiful bird song. The bittern is still booming loudly both by Hookers ramp and over at the ARC.

A lot of the work on the reserve is now preparing and maintaining our habitats for our breeding birds. Fence checks and strimming is a priority around our electric fences to help keep them working and to keep predators such as foxes and badgers away from our vulnerable ground nesting birds such as lapwing and redshank. Our warden team are also beginning their early morning breeding bird surveys – seeing which birds are displaying, nesting and rearing young to gather data about how our birds are faring. We are also still burning some of the left over willow and gorse from our winter reserve management but this will finish soon.

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-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

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 louise.kelly@rspb.org.uk 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 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.


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.


Spring Migration Walk

Wednesday 15 May

10.30am – 12.30pm



A morning pond dip…

Monday 27 May – Friday 31 May

Drop in and have a go between 11am – 1pm

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 water to see what creatures we discover! Why not combine it with a walk around our nature trail and 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)


Beginners Digital Wildlife Photography

Sunday 2 June

10am – 4pm

This one day course is for those that have just bought their first Digital SLR camera and who aim to progress away from its automatic settings. The course, including an introduction to basic terminology, camera preparation, exposure, composition and image sharpening will be set at the RSPB’s stunning nature reserve. You will need to bring your camera, as well as a sturdy tripod, lenses and flashes if you have them.

£50 per person. 20% discount for RSPB members.

Please book and pay in advance.


Summer Wildlife Walk

Sunday 9 June & Wednesday 19 June

10.30am – 12.30pm

Take a stroll around our reserve with a friendly guide. Learn about the fantastic wildlife we have here as well as information about the reserves history and ecology. This is a great time of year to discover wildflowers, insects and summer migrant birds.

Adult £7. Child £3.50.
20% discount for RSPB members & Wildlife Explorers.


Wonderful Wildflowers

Wednesday 12 June, 10am – 12.30pm &
Saturday 22 June, 2pm – 4.30pm

Some would be surprised to hear that Dungeness is a fantastic place for wildflowers. Home to one-third of the UK’s plant life with some rare and unique ones thrown in, come and learn about our wonderful wildflowers on a walk around our reserve with an expert guide.

Adult £7. Child £3.50.

20% discount for RSPB members & Wildlife Explorers.


Midsummer’s Night Walk

Saturday 15 June

6pm – 9pm

With its wide open spaces, Dungeness is the perfect place to experience an evening walk with a golden sunset bathing the reserve in a warm light and providing the perfect back drop to watch wildlife. Join us on a guided walk, watch the birds go to roost and enjoy the perfumed smell of the night scented flowers. Do something different with your Saturday evening and enjoy the long days while they last.
Refreshments will be provided.

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

20% discount for RSPB members & Wildlife Explorers.

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