Work has been undertaken at Lade Pits this week, cutting back the bramble to create clearer pathways for our visitors. We are taking a much more active approach to the management of the site to enhance the reserve for visitors and wildlife. We ask you kindly not to fish, boat or swim at the lakes in Lade Pits to protect the habitat for the wildlife particularly through the breeding season. Signs have been put around the reserve reminding people that fishing is prohibited on the reserve.
We would like to welcome everybody to our Open Day on Saturday 23rd July where the reserve and the Sound Mirrors will be open to the public for free. Come on by between 10am and 3pm! Please see the website or drop us an email (Dungeness@rspb.org.uk) for more details of this event.
On the reserve we have been monitoring our nesting birds. We’ve had some tree sparrow and lapwing chicks fledge successfully already and common gulls and terns are nesting on our rafts. Our barn owls now have chicks in the barn behind the farm house. The little coots have fiercely held onto their nest on Burrowes pit outside the visitor centre window which is great news as there has been an ongoing battle between them and gulls for the nest the coots have worked so hard to build.
We’ve had some interesting sightings this week including cattle egrets in the hayfields, sparrowhawks, buzzards and peregrines. A red kite was seen in front of the visitor centre today! Redshank and spotted redshank have been seen by Denge Marsh. The warblers are still very vocal!
Last week we hosted the Midsummer’s Night Walk. It was a glorious evening and we saw lots of fantastic wildlife! The Nottingham catchfly plants smelled beautiful, filling the night’s air with a sweet perfume as we watched the sunset and the hobbies flying over the water catching insects.
Next weekend we have our National Meadows Day event. Pop into the visitor centre between 10am and 4pm to learn all about our wonderful meadows. There will be arts and crafts activities all day and at 11am and 2pm there will be small guided walks through our meadows. All of this is absolutely free so come on down to discover more on Saturday 2nd July!
Just a quick update on recent happenings on the reserve! It's nice to see the sunshine here at Dungeness and the wildlife are enjoying it too! There are so many insects out in the sun including crickets, beetles and many different species of bees and butterflies.
Today's bird sightings include: a pair of pintail, 2 dunlin and whitethroat on Burrowes pit, little egret, 2 hobbies and 10 bearded tits at Denge Marsh and linnets at Christmas Dell hide. At the ARC there are cuckoos and long-tailed tits and a hare was seen by the entrance.
Next weekend we are hosting an evening walk on the reserve, which is a beautiful time of day to enjoy wildlife. Come along and enjoy one of the longest evenings outdoors with a walk in a peaceful setting.
Thinking of buying binoculars or a telescope? Is your scope in need of an update?
Are you looking to purchase your first pair of binoculars or upgrade your binoculars?
Then this is the event for you....
Whether you know a bit or don't know where to start, come to the RSPB Dungeness Visitor Centre between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2016 and get some hands on advice from our friendly team and have the chance to try them out.
The Viking Optical Ltd representative will be on hand to provide advice and answer any queries.
We have a selection of different optical equipment for all types of experience, whether you’re a veteran or an absolute novice. The range also covers a multitude of prices so there is always something to suit everyone.
As well as the RSPB range of binoculars we have a small range of high end binoculars (Zeiss and Swarovski) in store, try them out and compare them to our top of the RSPB range HDX binoculars.
For telescopes, as well as RSPB and Viking products, we stock a Kowa and a Swarovski.
If you cannot make these dates, do not worry as there are more dates in the future or the visitor centre is open every day from 10am to 5pm if you should wish to drop by and take a look.
June/July 2016 – Binocular and Telescope demonstration events:
Saturday 11th June 2016 10am to 4pm
Sunday 12th June 2016 10am to 4pm
Wednesday 15th June 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday 29th June 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday 13th July 2016 2pm to 4pm
Saturday 23rd July 2016 10am to 4pm
Sunday 24th July 2016 10am to 4pm
Wednesday 27th July 2016 2pm to 4pm