Capture iconic UK landmarks on camera at the RSPB’s Lade Pits reserve, Kent.

Immerse yourself in military history at the RSPB’s Lade Pits reserve, Kent, as you learn about the iconic concrete structures known as the Sound Mirrors.


The 200ft concrete structures are fascinating pieces of history. Developed as an early form of RADAR, they dominate the landscape at the RSPB Lade Pits nature reserve, and are situated on an island within the middle of the reserve.

Regularly featured in films, fashion shoots and music videos, access to  the island is only granted to the public on rare occasions.

Between now and December, the RSPB are opening the site to history enthusiasts and photographers wanting a striking new subject for their hobby.

RSPB Lade Pits is a reclaimed quarry, and is the only site in the world where you can find all three types of these listening devices together. The peaceful lakes and undisturbed shingle now also provide a quiet haven for rare species including migrating osprey and nesting grebes.

Historic tours

These Saturday tours, which take place on 18 August, 8th September and 6th October, offer you the exclusive opportunity to get up close to the scheduled monuments. Discover how they were developed as aircraft detection devices between WW1 & WW2 and view incredible photographs of their construction.

The day will begin at the RSPB Dungeness Visitor Centre, and guests are encouraged to bring lunch for a picnic under the iconic 200ft Mirror wall (weather permitting). Expert guides will be on hand to answer your questions about the site’s history and help you get closer to the wildlife they are working to protect throughout the day.

Prices start from £48 per person, and with limited places available, guests are encouraged to book in advance. Read full details and book your place here.

Photography days

These self-led photography sessions will include a brief introduction to the site and its history, before guests will be encouraged to explore the structures in small groups, getting shots from angles not often captured.

Prices start from £35 per person, and with limited places available, guests are encouraged to book in advance.  Read full details and to book your place here.

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