• Feeling Christmassy at RSPB Dungeness

    Firstly, thanks to everyone who supported and visited our Winter Fair on Sunday. We had an amazing day with almost 200 visitors come through our doors. The raffle was a huge success and we raised £262 for the nature reserve. The cake table gave us an additional £60 too! Thank you to all who donated prizes and cakes and for those who bought a ticket. Also thanks to those who volunteered on the day, I couldn't have ran…

    • 11 Dec 2019
  • Recent highlights for Dungeness - November 2019

    With more heavy rain, we are verging on our highest ever recorded water levels here at Dungeness. The amount of island space has decreased dramatically over the last few weeks. Not only does Dungeness get it's own fair share of rainfall, it also stores water from the surrounding land. As it is so low lying, water flows underground from the hills nearby and fills up the reservoirs. 

    Cattle egret in Boulderwall fields…

    • 28 Nov 2019
  • November rain

    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 are a hardy bunch…

    • 17 Nov 2019
  • October sightings at Dungeness

    This month has brought us a lot of wet weather and a few different bird sightings. We've had a red-throated diver that's taken up residence on Burrowes Pit for the last couple of weeks. These divers are the UK's smallest and are usually found out to sea, except for when they come on land to breed. Although these birds aren't particularly rare with over 17,000 overwintering birds and 1,300 breeding pairs in the UK, these…

    • 24 Oct 2019
  • Wet weather and winter migrants

    What a difference from last week! We've had some wet and windy weather this week at Dungeness and we are now fully realising that Autumn really is upon us. Anyone else finding it difficult to get up in the mornings now?!

    Do not despair! Dungeness still has plenty of wonderful birds and wildlife to offer you! This week has seen a huge increase in the number of swallows and martins swooping over the lakes and filling…

    • 26 Sep 2019
  • Migrants on the move

    We have been basking in sunshine all week, but the wildlife seem to realise that winter is round the corner, even if we haven't been able to admit it to ourselves yet! Many birds are on the move, gathering in large numbers or appearing for a day at a time here at Dungeness ready to head back to warmer parts of the world.

    Thousands of martins have been seen across the peninsular and these house martins were captured…

    • 20 Sep 2019
  • With a chill in the air, Autumn is here

    There's been a noticeable change in our weather this week. Mornings and evenings are a lot cooler and the wind has a small bite in it again. Last week, the school holidays came to an end and we rounded it off with an event about bees and butterflies for the children. We had a great day out on the reserve identifying bees with help from Izzy at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and our knowledgeable volunteer, Dave. The…

    • 6 Sep 2019
  • It's not all doom and gloom when bittern numbers at Dungeness boom!

    A volunteer confirmed two juvenile bitterns being fed by the adult from Hookers Pit yesterday, which shows we have at least two fledged chicks from one nest here on the reserve. We are certain there were two nests so we hope any more chicks have fared just as well! After our volunteer reserve team spent the best part of two days clearing vegetation from in front of Hanson hide, a visitor was rewarded with an exceptional…

    • 24 Aug 2019
  • A wader record for the reserve!

    Over the last few weeks we have been seeing a great number of wading birds and beat a record for number of redshank counted at once. We had 328 redshank last week which beat the previous record of 151 in 1977. 60 greenshank were seen and approximately 30 spotted redshank were recorded over the reserve too. About 10 or so wood sandpiper are currently on the reserve as well as little ringed plover, black- and bar-tailed…

    • 9 Aug 2019
  • The Big Wild Sleepout at Dungeness!

    Last weekend, it decided to rain. Of course it did, that was the weekend of our Big Wild Sleepout! I spent days watching (and dreaming about!) the weather forecast and it looked like it might just dry up in time for us to pitch the tents and enjoy an evening of activities out on the nature reserve. Luckily for us, the weather stuck to it's forecast and just as people were arriving at 4pm, the rain eased off.

    Our nature…

    • 3 Aug 2019
  • Optics event at Dungeness this weekend!

    Get up close and personal with nature and pop along to the Binocular and Telescope Open Weekend at RSPB Dungeness on Saturday 3rd August. 

    The event runs from 10am-4pm at our visitor centre, when a variety of binoculars and telescopes will be on display for visitors to try out, as well as friendly, impartial advice from the knowledgeable team of staff and volunteers.

    Heather Stuckey

    Not just for wildlife experts, RSPB reserve…

    • 31 Jul 2019
  • Explore the Discovery Area at RSPB Dungeness

    The school summer holidays are imminent & for people looking for "stuff to do" this summer what better way to spend the day than at the RSPB Dungeness. Approximately 300m from our Visitor Centre, on the main trail, is a grassy area we call the Discovery Area. You can walk straight through this area heading back to the Visitor Centre however why not turn left, leave the trail and spend a few extra minutes to take a closer…

    • 18 Jul 2019
  • Blooming good wildflowers

    Summer is arriving - in fits and starts - but the variable weather we have had of late doesn't stop the wildflowers from blooming. Wildflowers are appearing all over Dungeness, with an amazing display on the seaward side of The Parade rolling into Coast Drive down to the point. Wildflowers are extremely important for our pollinating insects and without them, nothing would survive. 

    White-tailed bumblebee on Vipers…

    • 17 Jun 2019
  • Summer is here!

    This week we've been enjoying visits from families during half-term. They've been taking part in some of our pond dipping sessions. We've found lots of exciting creatures under the water including; water scorpions, medicinal leeches, newts and their tadpoles, marsh frog tadpoles, great diving beetle larvae, lots of nymphs and water boatmen. 

    Many of our summer birds of prey, the hobby have been seen over…

    • 2 Jun 2019
  • Some May sunshine and spring flowers

    The reserve is starting to bloom with wildflowers! Foxgloves have sprouted all over the trail and look really stunning, particularly in contrast with the gorse which has just finished flowering. Look out for the pink pom-poms that are thrift and the sea of red across the vegetated shingle area which is sorrel. 

    One of my favourites, bird's foot trefoil is also flowering now and look out for the tiny red flowers of the…

    • 24 May 2019
  • Take a closer look - Binocular and telescope events May to September 2019

    Thinking of buying binoculars or a telescope? 

    Whether you know a bit or don't know where to start, come to the RSPB Dungeness Visitor Centre and get some hands on advice from our friendly, knowledgeable team and have the chance to try the products out.

    We are holding binocular and telescope events from May to September (dates below)

    We stock the RSPB range of binoculars and telescopes, including the top of the range…

    • 24 May 2019
  • A flurry of seabirds and waders

    Many birds have settled down to nest, but some are still migrating through. Over the last couple of weeks we have seen a huge increase in common terns (we have over 150 on the reserve at the moment) as well as waders who are passing through to feed. A treat on a miserable, wet and windy Wednesday was over 50 black terns coming in and feeding over Burrowes Pit for the duration of the day. The next day they had all disappeared…

    • 10 May 2019
  • Easter eggs-travaganza!

    Happy St Georges day to you all!

    During the scorcher of the Easter weekend, we've had an absolutely phenomenal time of bird sightings!

    Migration is happening and birds are flying in thick and fast. Over 500 sand martins have been seen at once over the reserve amongst swallows and house martins too. Sedge warblers are singing around the reserve along with the Cetti's and the chiffchaffs.

    A pair of black-winged…

    • 23 Apr 2019
  • Spring in full swing

    As the weather looks set to improve drastically over the next week or so, now is the best time to start planning a trip to Dungeness! Spring migration is in full swing and we have had sightings of swallows, wheatear, sedge warbler and garganey. The juvenile common crane is still hanging about the Denge Marsh area. Many birds are displaying and pairing up now for the spring. 

    Mute swan pair - Louise Kelly

    Wheatear - Graham…

    • 12 Apr 2019
  • A busy time at Dungeness

    Dungeness is warming up again, after some strong winds and cooler weather over the past two weeks, we have had some much calmer, dryer and warmish days.

    Our mining bees are back!  Dungeness has one of only two of the Andrena Vaga colonies in the UK. They can be seen busily zipping about all over the bank just before Dennis' hide on a sunny afternoon. They can easily be observed from the path, try not to disturb them as…

    • 29 Mar 2019
  • Recent sightings at RSPB Dungeness

    Over the last few weeks we've had varying weather and also varying wildlife to go with it. Many birds became rather excited about the warm weather and have been displaying, house hunting (prospecting for nest sites) and singing. Views outside the window of our visitor centre have been entertaining with groups of teal, shoveller and goldeneye displaying in their different ways. We've had house sparrows and great tits prospecting…

    • 11 Mar 2019
  • Take a closer look – 10% off RSPB binoculars and telescopes - Binocular and telescope events March 2019

    10% off RSPB binoculars and telescopes between 27/02/2019 and 19/03/2019

    Thinking of buying binoculars or a telescope? 

    Whether you know a bit or don't know where to start, come to the RSPB Dungeness Visitor Centre and get some hands on advice from our friendly, knowledgeable team and have the chance to try the products out.

    We are holding binocular and telescope events in March (dates below)

    We stock the RSPB range…

    • 25 Feb 2019
  • Warmer weather gets wildlife all a-flutter

    So, after approximately 2 weeks of 'winter' we are now experiencing balmy temperatures of 15 degrees C again! I'm confused and so is nature. Songbirds are starting to sing, magpies have started to gather twigs for nests, trees are in bud and butterflies and bumblebees have been seen around. A report of two swallows seen in the area came in this week and people are witnessing mating displays from great crested grebes and…

    • 22 Feb 2019
  • The smew has finally arrived!

    We are pleased (and a little relieved!) that a beautiful drake smew has decided to grace our presence on the reserve this winter. He's very mobile and has been constantly moving around the different water pits. If you're visiting, please check at the visitor centre to where he has last been seen.

    I'd also like to remind our visitors to please stick to the paths when visiting the reserve. Hides and viewpoints allow…

    • 7 Feb 2019
  • The beauty of bleakness

    Dungeness can be rather bleak in the winter time, with bare, wide open shingle, grey skies and leafless trees. Some people can't see any beauty in it at all, whereas others can and flock to be here during the quieter winter time. This week has been an exceptional mix of moody skies, frosty ground as well as bright blue sky and blazing sunshine. some cold weather has finally hit us and there's more activity as birds are…

    • 1 Feb 2019