Dec 182018


Here is the latest news from Dungeness RSPB reserve:

Reserve News Updates

Work continues on maintaining our Oppen Pits. These pits are natural dips in the shingle ridges which built up over time when the Dungeness peninsula was created by the wind and waves. These pits are important natural bodies of water on the reserve. We look after the wildlife that inhabits these pools, particularly the protected great crested newts who use the Oppen Pits to breed in. The Warden and work parties time is spent cutting dominating willow away from the edges of the pools, dragging it off the shingle and burning it. The removal of the willow allows light into the pool so the vegetation can grow. This fen habitat provides the all-important breeding ground for great crested newts as well as an open space for water birds to live on.

Thank you to all who promoted our Winter Fair on the 9th December. On Sunday we hosted our third annual Winter Fair here in the Dungeness Visitor Centre. This year it was bigger and better than ever! With local craft and art stalls selling their wares, mulled wine a-plenty, a brilliant raffle with LOTS of prizes and tables for children’s activities such as making Christmas cards and bird feeders, there was plenty to do on the day! Thanks to everyone who came and supported us, bought a raffle ticket or donated a prize. Our volunteers are our heroes; helping out on the day but also making sure the message was spread around our local area, putting up posters and handing out leaflets. Over 250 people attended our event and not only did we raise lots of money to help save nature but we hope we have engaged with new audiences and put our reserve on the map as a place to come for a day out.

Winter birds are slowly arriving, we’ve had fairly mild weather up until now so its taken time for the birds to get here. Small numbers of wigeon and teal are starting to build up, and other wildfowl such as white-fronted and Brent geese are arriving. Bewick’s swans have been resident in the area, as have goosander. Lapwings are always the star of the winter here; although we have a small number of breeding pairs for the summer, many more lapwings will flock together in the winter time. Watch their co-ordinated flight patterns in the sky as you walk through the reserve.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Join in the Big Garden Birdwatch between the 26th and 28th January 2019. Count the birds you see in your garden, on your balcony or in your local park for an hour at any time over the three days. Submit your results to the RSPB to allow us to monitor the UK’s garden bird population. Pop into the reserve for a form or sign up online at

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 and Thursday, 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


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

Upcoming 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.


Christmas Cracker Hunt

Saturday 8 December – Sunday 6 January

Drop in any time between 10am and 3pm

Can you answer all the cracker jokes by finding the Christmas crackers which have been hidden around the reserve? Pop in any time and have a go at this self-led trail. There’s a small prize if you can find them all!

£1 per participant plus entry fee to walk the trail (entry free for RSPB members)

Birdwatching for Beginners

Sunday 6 January

11am – 1pm

Love birds but want to know more about them? Have a New Year’s resolution to start a new hobby? Then blow off the Christmas cobwebs and come on a winter 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.

Winter Wildlife Walk

Wednesday 16 January

10.30am – 12.30pm

Come and join us on a guided walk to see which birds and wildlife visit and live at Dungeness in the winter time. Wrap up warm and brave the cold to look for an array of wildlife from stoats to smew and blue tits to buzzards. Led by a friendly guide with expert knowledge on the wildlife at Dungeness. It’s a fantastic time of year to see a range of bird species and other wildlife on the reserve and if we’re lucky, Dungeness looks stunning on a crisp frosty day so bring your cameras!
Adult £7. Child £3.50.

20% discount for RSPB members & Wildlife Explorers.

Big Garden Birdwatch

Saturday 19 January

11am – 1pm

Joining in our Annual Big Garden Birdwatch this year? Then come and get prepared for it by learning about the birds you might see in your garden. Learn about what food birds love and make some suet cakes to take home with you for those hungry birds in your garden. For more information about the Big Garden Birdwatch, give us a call or check out our website:

Adults £7. Children £3.50.

20% discount for RSPB members & Wildlife Explorers.

 Posted by on 18 December 2018 at 5:11 pm