A few weekends ago, we hosted a Christmas event here at Dungeness. We had lots of visitors turn up to browse the shop, have a glass of mulled wine and taste our chutneys and jams. The children (and adults!) were able to create Christmas cards and make advent calendars to take home with them. We got very messy with lots of glitter!
Hopefully tomorrow, for those of you that made advent calendars, will open the very first door of your advent calendar, ready to start the count down to Christmas Day! (I know I will be!)
Check our website and blogs for upcoming events in the New Year!
Yesterday we had an absolutely gorgeous day here on the reserve. It was bright, still and reasonably warm as well! There were lots of birds flitting about, many people came back into the visitor centre saying how wonderful and enjoyable their walk was which was lovely to hear!
The long-eared owl has been spotted in the same place since Wednesday. Four red head smew have been seen on Burrowes pit now. A caspian and yellow-legged gull have been seen this week. Someone also saw a weasel on the reserve today too!
Highlights from this week include:
Bewick’s Swan – 2 at ARC on 23rd
Brent goose – 28 on Denge Marsh on 23rd
White-fronted goose – 3 at Denge Marsh on 23rd
Smew – 4 redheads on Burrowes pit on 26th
Pintail – at Burrowes pit and ARC on 26th
Goldeneye – 3 on Burrowes pit on 24th
Goosander – two female from Firth hide on 27th
Little Egret – on Burrowes pit on 24th
Great white egret – New Diggings on 27th
Bittern – 2 at Denge Marsh on 27th
Buzzard – over Boulderwall farm on 26th
Marsh harrier – over ARC on 23rd
Hen Harrier – 1 over ARC on 22nd
Peregrine – 1 over Burrowes pit on 26th
Merlin – one from Makepeace hide on 27th
Sparrowhawk – 1 over Burrowes Pit on 22nd
Sanderling – 15 on Burrowes pit on 21st
Water rail – at Scott hide on 27th
Snipe – on Denge Marsh on 23rd
Redshank – on Denge Marsh on 23rd
Curlew – on Denge Marsh on 23rd
Avocet – 1 on Burrowes Pit on 22nd
Caspian Gull – 1 on Burrowes pit on 22nd
Yellow-legged gull – on the access track on 27th
Long-eared owl – roosting in willow on the far side of the dipping pond on 27th
Kingfisher – 2 by viewing ramp and 1 on Burrowes pit on 27th
Great spotted Woodpecker – in visitor centre car park and at ARC on 23rd
House martin – over reserve on 22nd
Chiffchaff – by visitor centre and at ARC on 23rd
Goldcrest – at ARC on 23rd
Bearded tit – at Denge Marsh on 23rd
Long tailed tit – ARC willow trail on 23rd
Raven – by Denge Marsh on 23rd
A long-eared owl has been spotted roosting by our dipping pond on the main trail. He was seen yesterday and is still here this morning, so come down and have a look! Ask our friendly staff in the visitor centre about exactly where to find him.
The long-eared owl is a medium-sized owl with head feathers known as ear tufts (these aren't actually ears) which it raises when it's alarmed. It is buff brown with darker brown streaks and deep orange eyes. They aren't usually spotted in this area, so it's a nice treat to see one.
RSPB images: Mike Langman