Here is the latest news from the team at Dungeness RSPB reserve:
Reserve News Updates
September is a time to reflect back on our successes from this years breeding season. We’ve had the best year since the 1990’s for the number of common terns which have nested here at Dungeness, all due to the new islands and rafts installed on Burrowes Pit and the raft at ARC. We have also had a really successful year for bitterns with three booming males, 2 confirmed nests and two juveniles fledging from the nest by Hooker’s Pit/Denge Marsh. Marsh harriers have also been successful in rearing three chicks to adulthood! We’re still collating data from the hundreds of breeding songbirds on the reserve but it’s nice to see that there are some positive figures and that all our teams hard work is paying off!
We are looking for volunteers!
We have some volunteer positions available on the reserve and we need your help. Got a little bit of spare time to help save nature? See if you are the right person for any of these roles below:
Reserve Team Volunteers: 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitor Centre Volunteers: 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 email@example.com
Children Events Volunteers: Want to help inspire the next generation about wildlife? We are looking for children and family event helpers for a series of events we run throughout the year on the nature reserve. We hope to inspire young families to get outdoors and develop a lifelong love of nature. We need volunteers to help us run these activities which range from Nature Tots leaders (mid-week sessions for children under 5 and their parents/carers) to Wild Family events (longer sessions for children age 5-12) and occasionally assisting with any bookings from uniformed youth groups such as Scouts and Guides. These sessions will be from 2-4 hours long and can be run on any day of the week (subject to staff and volunteer availability), peaking during the school holidays and spring/summer season. If you have experience working with children and have a passion for wildlife then please call Louise on 01797320588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Every other Thursday from 3rd October to 12th December
10.15am – 12pm
£5 per child per session, pre-walkers free with paying child, 20% discount for RSPB members. Book all 6 sessions in advance and get one free! Booking essential
Come and join us this autumn for outdoor fun and early learning at RSPB Dungeness. A fortnightly session offering activities themed around wildlife and the natural world. We are offering a programme of six guided sessions for 2-5 year olds and their parents/carers encouraging exploration, imagination and creation in the great outdoors.
– 3rd October – Pond dipping. Grab a net and bucket and delve into our pond to learn about the creatures living underneath the water. How many different bugs can you find? Are you quick enough to catch a frog? Bring your wellies!
– 17th October – Owl babies. Have a hoot and learn all about owls! Collect leaves to create your own owl babies to take home.
– 31st October – Halloween little monsters. Come dressed in your spookiest costumes! We will be walking some of our trail to collect natural materials which we will then turn into monsters for you to take home.
– 14th November – Seeds and bird feed. Learn about the importance of seeds! What seeds do our birds eat? Help feed the birds and get messy making fat-balls for you to take home.
– 28th November – Treasure hunt! Explore our reserve using treasure maps. What can you find?
– 12th December – Christmas robins Can we find a robin on our walk? Whilst we are out, we will collect some natural materials to make our own Christmas robin decorations.
All sessions include a snack, drink and a story. Please book in advance for these sessions. Book all 6 and get one free! Please wear sensible clothing and come dressed for the weather – we will try to go outside whatever the weather!
Autumn Migration Walk
Sunday 6th & Wednesday 16th October
Price: Adult £7. Child £3.50. 20% off for RSPB members and Wildlife Explorers. Booking essential
If you’re a beginner or an expert bird watcher, this walk is for all people fascinated by birds! Dungeness is the perfect hotspot for migrating birds. We will be saying goodbye to our summer visitors and welcoming our winter holiday-makers to the reserve. See the large flocks of starlings and linnets as they gather together for the winter. Water bird numbers increase so look out for pintail, goldeneye and rare grebes. Join our knowledgeable local guide on this walk if you want to learn more about our overseas visitors as well as the birds that stay here all year round.
Thursday 17th October
Price: Adult £7. Child £3.50. 20% discount for RSPB members and Wildlife Explorers. Booking essential
Join us on a guided walk around the nature reserve and experience the incredible Dungeness sunset. Looks for groups of linnets and finches in the golden evening light. Watch flocks of birds go to roost and there’s potential to witness starling murmurations too! Led by a guide with lots of knowledge about the reserve and its wildlife.
Wild Things at Halloween
Wednesday 23rd October and Thursday 24th October
11am – 3pm
Price: £8 per child. £2 per accompanying adult. 20% discount for RSPB Wildlife Explorers. Booking essential
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.
Birdwatching for Beginners
Sunday 27th October
Price: Adult £7. Child £3.50. 20% discount for RSPB members. Booking essential
Love birds but want to know more about them? Then come on a 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.