Events 2022

We are so excited to finally be able to run events again here at RSPB Dungeness. There is now quite the selection of events live on our website. They are as follows:

Beginner Bird Identification Workshops and Guided Walks led by John Young and Paul Trodd.

Learn to tell your blackbirds from your blue tits and your house sparrows from your starlings! Join us on a guided walk around RSPB Dungeness reserve afterwards, to practice your new skills and see how many different garden birds we can spot and learn about their different behaviours.

A fun, family event designed to arm you with knowledge on attracting birds to your outdoor space and identifying them. Money raised through purchases at these events helps the RSPB nature reserve teams to continue to deliver their wildlife conservation work, advocacy, education and allows thousands of people every year to get closer to nature.

These have been very popular so make sure to book your place quickly! 

Wildflower ID Workshops and Guided Walks led by Heather Silk. We can't wait to see the flowers at Dungeness blooming once again this Spring/Summer. Heathers guided walk will showcase the very best wildflowers of Dungeness and help you learn all about their benefits.

Dungeness is home to over 600 plant species, which is roughly a third of the total species found in the UK. Many are specially adapted to the captivating and unique habitat found at Dungeness.

Your guide through this wild landscape is floral expert, Heather Silk. Author of, 'Wildflowers of Kent Downland' (available from our shop), co-author of 'Wildflowers of Dungeness' (out of print) and a former associate tutor for the field studies council, Heather will share her knowledge and expertise on the wonderful array of stunning plant species found on our reserve. Use your newly gained skills to identify the species as you are guided around the trails and discover a whole world you never knew existed.

The workshop and guided walk will finish up in our wildlife garden, where you will gain tips on wildlife gardening and learn the benefits of giving nature a home in your own garden. Wildflower seeds are also available for purchase within our visitor centre as well as Heather's book, 'Wildflowers of Kent Downland'.

Sound Mirror Open Days are back with a bang!

On this day, you can gain exclusive access to the island at Lade Pits in Dungeness, Kent. Nestled on this island, you will discover the three spectacular relics of a pre-World War 2 acoustic aerial defence system, built to sound the alarm against enemy planes crossing the channel. Their secretive island retreat is the only location in the world where you can see all three designs in one place.

From 11am to 3pm, explore the mysteries of the listening dishes, talk to your friends and family from each end of the great 200ft curved wall and imagine what it would have been like to hear the engine sounds from approaching air craft in years gone by.

These have been selling very fast after not being able to run an open day for the last 2 years. To make sure you get your tickets for this year’s open days (dates on our website) make sure you book sooner rather than later! The tickets are limited this year due to covid-19 and other factors. We are also now unable to take payment on the day so pre-booking is essential!

Sound Mirror Exclusive Art & Photography Days are now on sale with several dates available throughout the year.

These days will cater to those creative individuals who seek to gain exclusive access to the island for personal projects, whether that is photography or videography, sound recording, painting, poetry, writing and research or something completely different - these events will be significantly limited in number compared to the open days, so you can focus on your project and have space to get creative.

Please note that this event is strictly for non-commercial and individual projects. If you are seeking commercial or private access to the Sound Mirrors, please contact dungeness@rspb.org.uk to discuss your needs further, prior to booking.

Volunteering Opportunities

We are always looking for volunteers to help with events or other operations across the reserve. Would you be interested in giving us some of your free time and become part of a friendly, hard working team? We currently have the following roles available at the reserve:

  • Retail
  • Visitor Engagement
  • Event Helpers
  • Schools on Reserve
  • Reserve Biodiversity Monitor and Surveyor (Wildlife Surveyor)
  • Specialist/Expert (Mechanic)
  • Site Checks and Maintenance (Fence Maintenance)
  • Practical Reserve Work (Reserve Team)

If you are interested in taking up a volunteer role and have the time OR know someone who might be interested, you can find the vacancies and further information here: https://volunteer.rspb.org.uk/opportunities/results?#display=grid&s=distance&o=asc&page=1&public_search=true&search=TN29+9PN%2C+Lydd%2C+Kent%2C+England%2C+United+Kingdom&lat=50.9429765&lon=0.9288715000000001&geojson&limit=14&include=image

We look forward to seeing you at our events and maybe even as a volunteer. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at Dungeness@rspb.org.uk

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