Denge Marsh is definitely the place to be at the moment for birdwatching with four delightful common tern chicks now on the raft nearest to the hide. Juvenile marsh harriers are being seen regularly and there have been sightings of single bitterns daily, although no more confirmed sightings of yound birds.
There have been plenty of butterflies (including comma, common blue, meadow brown, small heath and small copper), dragonflies (blue-tailed damselfy, ruddy darter and emperor amongst others) and bumblebees on the wing. The reserve is also looking particularly colourful at the moment with a host of plants in flower.
Don't forget our Bumblebee Bonanza Date with Nature starts tomorrow when you'll have the chance to find our more about these fascinating insects and get some help with identifying the different species. See our events page for more details.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to work with print-maker and sculptor Nicholette Goff. Find out how to make unique wild flower prints and produce a fantastic work of art to take home with you. There will be two sessions from 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Please see our events pages for more information and costs.
Wigeon – one at ARC on 19th. Bittern – one adult and two juveniles seen from Denge Marsh hide on 21st. Peregrine – two over Burrowes pit on 18th. Hobby – two on 22nd. Ruff – one on 16th. Turnstone – at Firth hide on 22nd. Golden Plover – two on ARC site on 21st. Dunlin – at ARC on 22nd. Black-tailed godwit – two at Denge Marsh on 22nd. Whimbrel – one at ARC on 19th. Greenshank – one at Firth hide on 23rd. Common sandpiper – two on Burrowes pit on 23rd. Mediterranean gull – one at Firth hide on 22nd. Little gull – one at ARC on 19th. Sand martin – over the reserve on 22nd. Stonechat – ten flying from Christmas Dell to Denge Marsh on 23rd.
Watch our video about the Romney Marsh Farmland Bird Project and how RSPB Dungeness nature reserve is helping provide homes for tree sparrows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNZKby0Dhlc&feature=plcp
And you can read the full story here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/318830-kent-prisoners-provide-homes-for-tree-sparrows-on-the-romney-marshes
Not a drop of rain today despite the weather forecast to the contrary this morning! Admittedly it's been a bit blustery but basically we've been basking in sunshine for most of the day.
Some 500+ swifts were feeding over the ARC site and Burrowes pit this morning along with smaller numbers of house martins and sand martins and a solitary swallow. Three green sandpipers were present yesterday (two on the ARC pit and one on Burrowes pit), whilst a black-tailed godwit and a common sandpiper were seen the day before. Several hobbies are still present and a bittern has been seen in flight on most days. A lesser whitethroat near Firth hide, a corn bunting near Springfield Bridge and a nightingale in scrub near the willow trail, were also of note.