Aug 152019
 

Here is the latest news from the team at the Dungeness RSPB reserve:

Reserve News Updates

Although this summer has not been as good as last years (where’s the sun?), we’ve managed to see some amazing wildlife on our reserve this month. Over the last few weeks we have been seeing a great number of wading birds and beat a record for number of redshank counted at once. We had 328 redshank last week which beat the previous record of 151 in 1977. 60 greenshank were seen and approximately 30 spotted redshank were recorded over the reserve too. About 10 or so wood sandpiper are currently on the reserve as well as little ringed plover, black- and bar-tailed godwits and a large number of golden plover too. Amongst the flurry of waders on that rainy day we also had two temminck’s stints pop in.

Butterflies seem to be having a good year so far. We’ve had plenty of sightings of various butterflies including painted lady, tortoiseshell, brown argus and one of my favourites; peacock butterfly.

Peacock butterfly – Dave Clarke

It’s August, which means the children are off school for a very long time. Why not entertain them with a few events we have left for the rest of the holidays? Next week we will be delving into our ponds to see which creatures lurk underneath the surface, dissect owl pellets and find out what our barn owls had for lunch! The week after we will be discovering the world of bees and butterflies and hoping to catch and identify some out on our reserve. Please check our website for more information (rspb.org.uk/dungeness) – these events need to be booked and spaces are going fast!

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 Michelle or email michelle.clifford@rspb.org.uk

Education programme

We are taking school visit bookings for this year’s autumn term and next summer. 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/

Events

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.

 

 

Wild Families – Ponds, pellets and potions

Thursday 22nd August       
11am – 3pm

Do you want to learn more about the creepy crawlies that hide under the surface of a pond? Want to learn what our resident barn owls like to eat for dinner? How about creating potions and paint out of plants and petals? Then join us on one of these events to be amazed and excited by what we can find and create on our nature reserve. Be prepared to get mucky! Please wear sensible clothing and bring a packed lunch with you.

Child £8. Accompanying adult £2.

20% discount for Wildlife Explorers.

 

Borrow a Birdwatcher

Friday 23rd August

10.30am – 1.30pm

 

Giving Nature a Home in the Wildlife Garden

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August,    11am – 2pm

Drop-in to our wildlife garden over the late summer bank holiday weekend to explore ideas for giving nature a home in your own back garden. We will be looking at different ways to encourage wildlife into your garden including creating flower bombs and  mini-ponds, hedgehog houses and toad abodes. Plus tips and suggestions on how to prepare your gardens for autumn and look after our wildlife through the cold winter months.
Free event, donations appreciated.

 

Wild Families – Brilliant Bees and Beautiful

Butterflies

Wednesday 28th August,     11am – 3pm

Do you want to learn more about our wonderful bees and butterflies? Want to learn how to identify them, find out about how they live and how important they are? If the answers yes, join us on an exploration around our wildflower meadows to see how many bees and butterflies we can find buzzing around the flowers. Then after lunch, learn how to feed a butterfly and give bees a home. Please wear sensible clothing and bring a packed lunch with you.

Child £8. Accompanying adults £2.

20% discount for Wildlife Explorers.

 

Birdwatching for Beginners 

Sunday 8th September

2pm – 4pm

Love birds but want to know more about them? Then come on a summer-time walk around our reserve with a friendly guide who will help you identify the birds and their calls along the way. 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.

 

Wader Walk

Wednesday 18th September,    10.30am – 12.30pm

Now is the time where wading birds of all kinds stop and feed at Dungeness on passage to their wintering grounds. Waders migrate earlier than other birds and during this time we see a huge variety from godwits to plovers. Join a friendly and knowledgeable guide on a walk around the reserve to see these fascinating birds (and many others of course!).

Adult £7. Child £3.50.

20% discount for RSPB members & Wildlife Explorers.

 

Sound Mirror Open Day

RSPB Dungeness welcomes you to visit these unique historic monuments. Come and see what this fantastic place has to offer and get up close to our Sound Mirrors! Spend the day surrounded in nature and history. Have a wander around the site and talk to our staff and volunteers about what we are doing to give nature a home here.

Saturday 31st August, 10am-3pm
Talks held on the hour between 11am and 2pm on both dates.

Prices:

£5 adult, £2.50 child, £3.50 student. Family rates available. Free entry for RSPB members. Dogs on leads welcome. Just turn up, no booking in advance required. Cash only payments to be made at the Sound Mirrors on the day.

 Posted by on 15 August 2019 at 10:46 am

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