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 on Friday 22nd July (10.30am to 12.30pm) or Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2016 between 10am and 4pm and get some hands on advice from our friendly, knowledgeable team and have the chance to try the products out.
We stock the RSPB range of binoculars and telescopes, including a new 6.5x32 HD binocular which is good for close range use such as butterfly spotting.
We also have a range of other brands such as Viking, Swarovski, Leica and Zeiss binoculars and Swarovski and Kowa telescopes.
On Saturday 23rd there is also free entry to the RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve and the Sound Mirrors are also open to the public - why not buy your new binoculars and then make a full day of it.
It's the 1st July and the weather can only get better – surely? Look down on the ground at Dungeness though and you will spot an array of brightly coloured wildlife. Wildflowers are blooming with lots of different types and colours of vetch out in the fields, buttercups, Nottingham catchfly and dodder bathe the trails in summer colours. Viper’s bugloss, a favourite plant among many here, is starting to bloom in force, lighting up the edges of the track and the trail with a purple-blue colour and attracting a variety of different bees to its delicious nectar. Dragonflies and damselflies are everywhere at the moment with a few emperor dragonflies being spotted on the reserve.
Come down to the reserve tomorrow between 10am and 4pm and join us in our celebration of wildflower meadows and insects! There will be short guided walks looking at wildflowers, insects and other animals. In the visitor centre we will be doing lots of different arts and crafts. Don’t forget to treat yourself to our brand new Dungeness bee and flower souvenirs as a memento of the day. So pop in anytime tomorrow for FREE!
Bird sightings this week include: lots of hobbies dancing through the skies, swifts and swallows, Egyptian geese on Burrowes pit, peregrines, sparrowhawks, a merlin and red kite have all been spotted on the reserve this week.
A cattle egret has been around in the hay fields, barn owls are nesting on the reserve by Boulderwall, and cuckoos are seen and heard often which is lovely.
There have also been lots of waders seen about including, redshank and spotted redshank, ringed and grey plovers, black-tailed godwits, curlew and ruff.
There’s plenty to see on the reserve at this time of year, so come out and enjoy some fresh Dungeness air this weekend!
Have you tried our HD range of binoculars?
They have recently been reviewed in Birdwatch magazine:
The HD range of binoculars, along with other RSPB binoculars and telescopes and a limited range of other branded products (Swarovski, Zeiss, Kowa) are available in store at RSPB Dungeness.
You can pop in any day and try them out or you can come along to one of our binocular and telescope events when we will have friendly volunteers and staff on hand to assist you.
The visitor centre at RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve is open every day from 10am to 5pm.
Binocular and telescope event dates:
Wednesday 13th July 2016 - 2pm to 4pm
Friday 22 July 2016 - 10.30am to 12.30pm
Saturday 23rd July 2016 - 10am to 4pm
Sunday 24th July 2016 - 10am to 4pm
Wednesday 27th July 2016 - 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday 10th August 2016 - 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday 24th August 2016 - 2pm to 4pm