Here is the latest news from the RSPB Dungeness reserve:
Reserve News Updates
Another wet month so far! But that hasn’t put us all off enjoying what nature has to offer. We’ve been splashing about in puddles during our Nature Tots activities, enjoying the views of rainbows over the nature reserve and of course being warm and cosy in our visitor centre and still being able to watch the wildlife on the lake outside, whilst the rain lashes down. Our reserve volunteers are a hardy bunch and they’ve been working away outside rain or shine. The islands on Burrowes pit are now cleared of enough vegetation for next spring’s breeding season thanks to their dedication. They are also still painstakingly removing the old boardwalk at ARC which is rotten. Once this is removed, we can open up dry areas of the trail and next year we will be laying down new boardwalk. Birds have been coming and going with various species still on migration. The less common birds we’ve seen over the last week or two have been; jack snipe, rough-legged buzzard, red-breasted merganser, hen harrier, chiffchaff, ring ouzel and brambling. Bearded tits are brilliant little birds and they are resident here on the reserve all year round. This time of year they are using our grit tray over by Denge Marsh. By eating grit this helps them to digest the seeds of their autumn diet much easier.
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 email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 email@example.com
All training for these roles will be provided and you will be fully inducted into your voluntary role with the RSPB. We run annual events for our volunteers which you will be invited to, in thanks for your hard work.
The event I’d love you all to advertise for us this month would be our Winter Fair which is happening in our visitor centre on Sunday 8th December. I’ve attached a poster (A4 and A5) if you are happy to print or distribute a copy for us. I’ve written the details below as well in case you can only print text.
Sunday 8 December
11am – 4pm
Join us for a wonderful winter wildlife fair! We will be hosting Christmas arts and crafts activities all day in the visitor centre and there will be local craft and produce stalls, free mulled wine as well as a raffle and a Christmas treasure hunt for the children. Just pop in any time during the day and enjoy a lovely wintry day at Dungeness packed full of activities!
Free. No booking necessary. Entry fees apply to walk the nature trail (free for RSPB members).
Check out our website www.rspb.org.uk/dungeness for more details about all our events.