We've had some beautiful weather down here over the last week. Although windy, the sun was shining most days and it was a good week to be out on the reserve. Some of our warden team even caught a tan! The insects are still clinging on to the last traces of summer; with butterflies such as painted lady and small coppers being seen. Crickets are still to be heard in the grasses and dragonflies are still dancing over the water. Bumblebees are also still buzzing and swallows and sand martins haven't been convinced to leave yet!
Throughout the whole month of September, the great white egrets had been spotted every single day, with their numbers increasing to 8 individuals yesterday. They are such magnificent birds and a pleasure to see out of the Visitor Centre window every day for the last week.
Other recent highlights include:
Wigeon - seen on Burrowes pit on the 1st
Pintail - seen on Burrowes pit on the 5th
Black necked grebe - seen at the ARC on the 5th
Little egret - 7 seen on Burrowes pit on the 5th
Great white egret - 8 seen on Burrowes pit on the 5th
Bittern - seen flying over Hookers pit and Denge Marsh on the 4th
Hobby - over Burrowes pit on 5th
Merlin - at Christmas Dell on 5th
Marsh harrier - 3 seen at ARC on 28th
Golden plover - 90+ were seen on Burrowes pit on 4th
Snipe - seen at Denge Marsh on 5th
Whimbrel - seen at Denge Marsh on 30th September
Sand martin - seen at Denge Marsh on 5th
Swallow - seen over Burrowes pit on 5th
Kingfisher - seen at Burrowes pit on 5th
Redpoll - seen at Denge Marsh on 29th September
Wheater - seen on the return trail on the 2nd
Stonechat - two seen between Denge Marsh and Christmas Dell on the 4th
Willow warbler - seen at Dennis' hide on 4th
Chiffchaff - seen at Scott's and Dennis' hide on 3rd
Lesser whitethroat - seen on the return trail on the 4th
Whitethroat - seen at Denge Marsh on the 4th
Blackcap - two spotted along the access track and at Dennis' hide on the 4th
Siskin - three seen at Denge Marsh on the 4th
Goldcrest - 20 on Burrowes pit and more at Christmas Dell on 4th
Firecrest - between Scott's and Christmas Dell hides on the 3rd
Long tailed tit - in the car park on the 5th
Bearded tit - Denge Marsh on the 1st
Bullfinch - near Christmas Dell hide on 1st
Upcoming events this week:
Autumn Migration Walk Wednesday 7 October 10.30am - 1pmAdults £6. Children £3.
Walk on the Wild Side Autumn AmbleSaturday 10 October11am - 3pmAdults £8. Children £4.
Visit www.rspb.org.uk/dungeness or call us on 01797 320 588 for more details.
We have some new high end binoculars in store, just in time for our binocular and telescope demonstrations over the next few days. Pop in to the RSPB Dungeness Visitor Centre, try them out and compare them to our top of the RSPB range HDX binoculars.
We currently stock:
Zeiss Victory SF 8x42 and 10x42 -- (price range £1825 - £1850)
Swarovision EL 8.5x42, 10x42, 8x32 -- (price range £1440 - £1785)
Swarovision EL Field Pro 8.5x42, 10x42, 8x32 -- (price range £1640 – £2020)
RSPB HDX 8x42, 10x42 -- (price range £649 - £699)
There are binocular and telescope demonstrations over the next few days:
Friday 2nd October 10.30am to 12.30pm
Saturday 3rd October 10am to 4pm – Viking Optical representative attending
Sunday 4th October 10am to 4pm – Viking Optical representative attending
If you cannot make these dates there are more upcoming demonstrations (see our events page for details http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/d/dungeness/events.aspx) or pop in any time to chat to our staff and volunteers.
Come and enjoy our reserve this winter!
Get away for the day and be inspired by a wild walk around our beautiful reserve. Spot our winter water birds who have travelled from colder climates to keep warm here. Enjoy a hot drink, browse a great range of gifts and stock up on your bird food in the shop. Beat the winter blues and come along to our events. Come out on a guided walk with a knowledgeable guide, bring the kids down for some Halloween fun making spooky treats and crafts. There's plenty to see and do at Dungeness this winter, see the full list of events below or check out the website (www.rspb.org.uk/dungeness).
These events must be booked in advance (unless it is a drop-in event) so please call us on 01797 320 588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place!
Autumn Migration WalkWednesday 7 October10.30am - 1pmIf you’re a beginner or an expert bird watcher, this walk is for all people fascinated by birds! Come and see which birds visit Dungeness in the winter time to escape even colder climates elsewhere. From water fowl to birds of prey and everything in between, this is the walk for you if you want to learn more about our overseas visitors as well as the birds that stay here all year round. Led by a friendly guide with expert knowledge on all things feathery!Adult £6. Child £3. 20% discount for RSPB members
Walk on the Wild Side Autumn AmbleSaturday 10 October11am - 3pmCome and explore the reserve on a guided walk suitable for families. Learn about the birds that visit us this time of year, catch minibeasts along the trail and take part in a treasure hunt. Then after a small break (please bring your own lunch) join us for a talk about hibernating animals and then have some fun with arts and crafts, creating your own little sleeping wildlife friends.Adult £8, Child £4. 20% discount for RSPB Members and Wildlife Explorers
Trick or TweetFriday 30 & Saturday 31 OctoberDrop in between 11am and 3pmCome dressed in your Halloween fancy dress for an afternoon of spooky activities! Mix up a ghoulish treat for the birds in our cauldron, conjure up some magical wildlife crafts, and take home ideas to attract the wildlife that lives round your way.Free event. (Entrance fees apply if you wish to walk the nature trail)
Winter Migration WalkWednesday 4 November10.30am - 1pmIf you’re a beginner or an expert bird watcher, this walk is for all people fascinated by birds! Come and see which birds visit Dungeness in the winter time to escape even colder climates elsewhere. From water fowl to birds of prey and everything in between, this is the walk for you if you want to learn more about our overseas visitors as well as the birds that stay here all year round. Led by a friendly guide with expert knowledge on all things feathery!Adult £6. Child £3. 20% discount for RSPB members
Christmas Crafts and Shopping EventSunday 15 NovemberDrop in between 10am and 4pmGet Christmassy here at Dungeness! Come and join us for a glass of mulled wine and some nibbles, let the children create advent calendars to take home and make Christmas decorations out of recycled and natural materials to hang on our tree. Talk to our friendly retail assistants about Christmas purchases from our shop, and, for those who are hinting for a new pair of binoculars this Christmas, there are knowledgeable staff on hand to help you decide which ones suit you best.Free event. (Entrance fees apply if you wish to walk the nature trail)
Walk on the Wild Side Winter WalkaboutSaturday 5 December11am - 3pmCome and explore the reserve on a guided walk suitable for families. Learn about the birds that visit us this time of year and take part in a treasure hunt. Then after a small break (please bring your own lunch) join us in our visitor centre to learn how you can help wildlife in your garden over the winter months and create bird feeders to take home with you. Make Christmas decorations out of different materials and browse our shop for Christmas gifts and ideas.Adult £8. Child £4. 20% discount for RSPB Members and Wildlife Explorers
We look forward to seeing you soon!