• Recent sightings at Dungeness

    This week, we've had some nice dry weather on the reserve, although windy and a little colder at times. It's brought out a lot of insect species, with sightings of emperor dragonflies and a range of butterflies, from common blue, to small coppers to peacock, red admiral and painted ladies.

    Small copper butterfly - Dave Clarke

    Recent bumblebee surveys showed good numbers of brown banded carder bees, buff tailed…

    • 20 Aug 2021
  • Updates from Dungeness

    The last couple of years have certainly been strange, and everyone is still trying to figure out what the new ‘normal’ might look like. There has been constant change over the last couple of years, interspersed with three national lockdowns. No one could have predicted that!

    Despite the national lockdowns and all of the disruption brought about by COVID, the RSPB Dungeness team have been hard at work improving…

    • 13 Aug 2021
  • Harriers above

    This week, we've had a lot of harrier sightings. This included 5 marsh harriers in one go, which included 3 juveniles, so we are hoping this may have been a breeding success! We also had a hen harrier hang out on the nature reserve for the day on Wednesday. 

    Of the UK's birds of prey, hen harriers are the most intensively persecuted. Once predating free-range fowl, earning its present name, its effect on the number…

    • 31 Jul 2021
  • Summer sunshine

    It's been hot this week! It's lovely to finally feel like summer is here, plus the bonus of being at Dungeness during a 'heatwave' is that there is nearly always a breeze to keep you a little bit cooler on your walk around our amazing nature trail. 

    As the birds rest up after their busy breeding season of raising their chicks, this is the time to shine for our invertebrates! Dungeness is awash with dragonflies…

    • 24 Jul 2021
  • A brilliant, buzzing wildlife garden!

    This week, our wildlife garden is blooming the best it ever has done. With thanks to hardworking volunteers, the garden has been extended and transformed with lots of insect-friendly plants added. Jackie and James, our volunteer gardeners have done a fantastic job, nurturing plants in their greenhouse at home and then bringing them in to give us an outstanding array of flowers for our visitors and wildlife to enjoy. Our…

    • 2 Jul 2021
  • Wildflower time!

    Nottingham Catchfly (Silene nutans), a plant first found growing all along the walls of Nottingham castle, but now no longer grows there. Dungeness is a good stronghold of this species of plant. Thriving in sparse shingle habitat, Nottingham catchfly does very well at Dungeness, and this year seems the best ever! This plant has a delightful perfume and smells strongly throughout the evening as it is a night flowering plant…

    • 25 Jun 2021
  • Bumper sighting week!

    This week has been glorious and the reserve is full of stunning summer wildlife. The wildflowers, although a little late to the party, are starting to burst out in all their glorious colours. This is delighting our pollinating insects I'm sure, and Dungeness is starting to buzz and hum with a wealth of bee, butterfly, dragonfly, damselfly and beetle species. 

    Sea thrift - Louise Kelly

    At the start of the week we were…

    • 11 Jun 2021
  • The Dungeness Bug and Breakfast Hotel

    Since we fully re-opened and lockdown restrictions have eased over the last month, we have had a lot of positive feedback on a new grand structure in our Discovery Area. For those of you that have visited recently, you would have found it hard to miss!
    Our ‘Discovery Area’ is an area with activities galore for children (and adults) to really interact with nature on a personal level and learn in the process. This area…
    • 4 Jun 2021
  • Wheatears and flycatchers

    As the weather finally warms up a bit this week, we are seeing flurries of activity from our wildlife. We've had a few more wheatear pop into the reserve, a few late arrivals to the UK. Also, we've had a regular spotted flycatcher seen on the reserve this week, which has been nice to have something different around to point out to our bird watching visitors. 

    Spotted flycatcher - Graham Parry

    The warmer weather…

    • 28 May 2021
  • A windy week

    I’m writing to you from a very blustery Dungeness today. With gusts of 60mph, a walk around the reserve today is not for the faint hearted! At least, for now, it is dry, which is always a bonus! Most birds are hunkering down on their nests or in the shelter of the gorse and bramble bushes. Swifts are braving it against the wind to feed on what little flying insects there are around. The St Marks flies are out later than…

    • 21 May 2021
  • Nature: it's good for you.

    As we approach the end of Mental Health Awareness week, it's been a good time to reflect on how this year’s 'theme' of nature, really rings true for many staff, volunteers and visitors to RSPB Dungeness. Nature is good for all of us in so many ways. Not only providing us with the fresh air that keeps viruses at bay (you know the ones I mean), but how trees and plants literally provide oxygen to support all other living…

    • 14 May 2021
  • May migration

    In the first week of May we had a mixed bag of weather. The wind is still cold but we have had some welcomed rain showers after a very dry April. Our common terns and hobbies have now arrived at our shores. The terns are displaying well over the islands on Burrowes Pit, so we hope we are in for another great breeding season.

    Common tern - Dave Clarke

    Up to five hobbies at one time have been seen on the reserve, so it…

    • 7 May 2021
  • Morning has broken

    The weekend is set to be a sunny one! We have so much to showcase on the reserve at the moment so why not visit us for a walk and absorb the sounds of spring. Cuckoos are calling, bitterns are booming and there are many voices of smaller birds such as whitethroats, robins, sedge warblers, wrens, dunnocks and more all competing in the great dawn chorus. 

    Sedge warbler - Graham Parry

    The dawn chorus is a spring time event…

    • 30 Apr 2021
  • The call of the cuckoo

    This week marked the arrival of some familiar spring birds. A cuckoo was seen and heard on the reserve on Monday and it's glorious calls have been heard daily by our visitors since. The cuckoo, with its unmistakable 'cuck-oo' call, is a dove-sized bird with a long tail and pointed wings. It arrives in our country around this time of year and the adults will depart late August, juveniles will hang around until…

    • 23 Apr 2021
  • Spring has sprung at Dungeness!

    Despite the cold wind and frosty nights, the day times at Dungeness recently have been beautiful! We've had lots of dry weather, perfect for those brisk walks we have all come to know so well. We are pretty much fully open for visitors now, the only things that remain closed for the time being are our hides (due to following government guidelines). However, don't let that put you off coming. If you haven't visited Dungeness…

    • 16 Apr 2021
  • It's #WardenWednesday! Find out what the wardening team have been up to recently to help seabirds

    It's Warden Wednesday, so here's an update from our Warden, Craig, on what his team has been up to recently to get ready for the seabird season:

    The warden team have been busy installing bamboo canes on our seabird rafts across the reserve, in an attempt to help some of our breeding seabirds.

     

    David Tipling (rspb-images.com)

    RPSB Dungeness is a really important area for breeding seabirds, which nest at different…

    • 10 Feb 2021
  • Corinne's Big Garden Birdwatch

    Friday morning I was ready to start my big garden bird watch count. I thought it would start my first day off on a positive. I had been SO excited all week leading up to it. Yet, the weather didn’t want to play ball. Rain, rain and more rain  . A bit like the weather on winterwatch in wales. The poor Iolo Williams. I also spotted a female sparrowhawk in the woods that back onto my garden. Which may have explained…

    • 4 Feb 2021
  • 2020 - it's been a strange year to say the least!

    This year has certainly been a year to remember (or forget – the choice is yours!). I’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve closed, re-opened then closed again, but that doesn’t mean the RSPB Dungeness team haven’t been busy working to make Dungeness a fantastic home for nature. We thought we would look back at the events of 2020 and celebrate some remarkable successes.

    Coronavirus

    • 20 Dec 2020
  • Welcome back to RSPB Dungeness!

    We are delighted to welcome visitors back to our reserve at RSPB Dungeness! It feels like it's been a very long four months when we weren't able to welcome visitors to our reserve, but we are now finally open!

    The reserve is currently operating on reduced hours, so we are open:

    • Main nature trail, main car park and toilet block - open Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm
    • ARC car park for easy access to the Public Rights…
    • 12 Aug 2020
  • Update from the RSPB Dungeness team

    It's been a very surreal couple of weeks. The nature reserve is still closed and will be for the foreseeable future, so please do not make any attempts to visit us and stay at home where possible. We are all doing our bit to help try and slow the spread of coronavirus so the team are working remotely. We've been maintaining our social media channels to provide a bit of joy to people through the wonders of nature. Please…

    • 3 Apr 2020
  • RSPB Dungeness reserve closure

    Following the latest clear instructions from the Government for us all to remain at home apart from a limited number of allowed activities, we are saddened to announce we will be closing our reserve to visitors until further notice.
     
    This means we will now close our car parks to the public, and gates to the main reserve and ARC will be locked. These measures are on top of the existing closure of our visitor centre…
    • 24 Mar 2020
  • RSPB Dungeness visitor centre closure

    Following the latest government advice we have made the difficult decision to close our visitor centre, toilets and hides to visitors by the end of Friday 20th March. This is to prioritise the health and welfare of our staff, volunteers and visitors.
     
    These are difficult and unsettling times for all of us but we hope that nature can provide a welcome respite in whichever form and wherever you may encounter it. We…
    • 19 Mar 2020
  • Reserve work, events and wildlife highlights

    Visitors this winter may have noticed the yellow excavator working around the reserve, particularly around some of the ponds. One of the tasks this excavator is the removal of reed rhizomes (roots) from the ponds for the benefit of great crested newts.

    Excavator works - Craig Edwards

    Great crested newts are found at Dungeness in nationally important numbers. It is believed that one of the reasons they are so prevalent…

    • 5 Mar 2020
  • Valentine's wildlife courtships

    Between the storms, their are signs of spring. February is a strange month, we are most likely to be battered by the worst weather; storms, snow, wind and hail. But it teases us, with glimpses of spring time activity. Our bulbs in our gardens are starting to emerge, the days are slowly growing longer, the sunshine seems a bit warmer and birds are starting to gear themselves up for the busy breeding season ahead. 

    There…

    • 14 Feb 2020
  • January update for RSPB Dungeness

    It's been a little while (sorry!), but I'm here to give you an update on the wildlife currently at Dungeness. The highlight is the beautiful male smew that has been on the reserve for most of January. The only smew here currently seems to favour the more 'hard-to-see' areas of the reserve. He seems to favour the Tanners pool which is viewable from the track just past Boulderwall Farm by the gate to Denge Marsh hide or…

    • 31 Jan 2020