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  • Blog Post: This weeks sightings 8th - 12th February

    Hello! It's been fairly quiet here on the reserve today. Yesterday was a different story however! It was such a beautiful winters day - this was my view from the Visitor Centre window! There was no wind at all yesterday and Burrowes pit was so still it reflected the sky like a mirror. We had lots...
  • Blog Post: Sightings highlights 30th January - 7th February

    Did you take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch over the weekend? I did and I discovered that I had a lot more visitors to my garden than I first thought so that was super exciting! I'm now finding myself daydreaming out of the window a lot more than previously, hoping to catch the blue tits on the...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at Dungeness 20th-29th Jan

    What a mix of weather we have had here this week. A gorgeous sunny day yesterday to an extremely windy and wet day here today. Some interesting wildlife was seen this week including a slavonian grebe, jack snipe and even a very unseasonal peacock butterfly! - Recent highlights: Brent goose –...
  • Blog Post: recent visitors 20th January 2016

    Recent cold weather has brought some extra visitors to the reserve with two Whooper swans near Boulderwall Farm on the 19th, two black-necked grebes on new diggings and a barn owl at Denge Marsh today. The long-eared owl was spotted this afternoon at the dipping pond after a two day absence. Sightings...
  • Blog Post: An update on our recent visitors

    We've had a lovely break from the wet weather with it being cold but a wonderfully bright day today at Dungeness. Visitors have been on the reserve trying to catch a glimpse of our pair of penduline tits up on the viewing ramp over Hooker's pit. The red-faced and grins on visitors faces tells...
  • Blog Post: A pair of Penduline tits

    A pair of Penduline tits were spotted on the reserve yesterday at the ARC screen viewing point and at Hooker's pit ramp viewing point (we are unsure if these are the same pair or different ones). These small and elusive passerines visit Dungeness in the winter time but are infrequently seen. So if...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at Dungeness 22nd December - 5th January

    Happy New Year! Although the weather all year has been pretty horrid, we have had some interesting sightings at the reserve this week. Our long-eared owl decided to spend his Christmas holidays with us and looks like he's made a very cosy home here. Also, considering it has poured with rain all day...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Dungeness 5th-21st December

    Bewick’s swan – 15 on Walland Marsh near wind farm on 14 th Egyptian goose – Denge Marsh on 9 th Brent goose –Burrowes pit on 17 th Black-necked grebe – at Firth hide on 13 th Smew – 3 redheads on Burrowes pit on 21 st Pintail – two drake...
  • Blog Post: Miserable weather but a few good sightings

    A black throated diver was seen flying and diving on Burrowes pit all day today. A grey wagtail was also seen flying over the access track. The long-eared owl is still here in his favourite roosting spot by the dipping pond. Peregrines, buzzards and marsh harriers have also been seen today! Lovely :...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at Dungeness 28th November - 4th December

    Egyptian goose – Denge Marsh and Boulderwall Farm on 4 th Smew – 4 redheads on Burrowes pit on 4 th Pintail – at Burrowes pit on 1 st Goldeneye –on Burrowes pit and ARC on 3 rd Goosander – 3 female, 1 male on Burrowes pit on 4 th Little Egret –...
  • Blog Post: Long-eared owl is still about

    Our long-eared owl has become the main attraction at the reserve this week! He seems very content in his roosting spot in the trees at the back of our dipping pond. He has been showing very well this morning too. Below is a lovely photograph taken by one of our visitors who kindly let us use his photo...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 21st-27th November

    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...
  • Blog Post: Long-eared owl sighted!

    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...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Dungeness 12th-20th November

    We've had some lovely sightings this week with a Dusky warbler being seen today and yesterday. A Dartford warbler has been present on site all week as well. Smew are still being sighted on Burrowes pit everyday and we have had some arrivals from Brent geese and Bewick's swans. Kingfishers have...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at Dungeness - 1st-11th November

    Winter has officially started with our first sightings of smew on the reserve last week! We also had a spectacular fly over of more than 2000 rooks, jackdaws and crows last night over Burrowes pit. As the sun is now setting earlier it is nice to be able to see a lot of the birds fly up and off to their...
  • Blog Post: Recent Bird Sightings at Dungeness 21st-29th October

    This week, we've had a mixture of weather from warm and sunny, to cold wet and windy. There are still swallows about, which just shows us that our temperatures are still too mild for them to want to leave! However we have been getting more ducks and geese staying with us over the last couple of days...
  • Blog Post: Bird sightings 15th-20th October

    Just a quick update on what's been seen about the reserve over the last 5 days. Lots of winter migrants are starting to arrive now! - Brent goose – six at Denge Marsh on 15 th Wigeon – on Burrowes pit on 18 th Pintail – at Burrowes pit and ARC on 19 th Goldeneye...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at Dungeness 6th - 15th October

    This week there has been a chill in the air, showing signs that winter is approaching us quickly. The difference in bird sightings has changed too, with less waders being seen and an increase in ducks and small birds from the continent. The highlight of this week was seeing a common crane here at the...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at Dungeness - 28th September - 5th October

    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...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 21st-27th September

    Thankfully, the weekend brightened up for us after a few weeks of rain, wind and constant dark skies! It was definitely nice to see the sun shine again down here at Dungeness! Butterflies and bees reveled in the sunshine, dancing around the remaining wildflowers to sip the juicy nectar. There was...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 14th-20th September

    The weather here last week may have put some people off - but the wildlife wasn't bothered! If you had braved the rain and the wind, you would still have been lucky enough to spot a fair amount of water birds. Bitterns were spotted regularly throughout the week as were the great white egrets which...
  • Blog Post: Bird sightings 4th-14th September

    We are still home to many different wading birds at the moment and the bad weather isn't putting them off just yet! Soon more of our winter visitors will be arriving to the reserve as well. The red backed shrike has been hanging around in the same spot since the 1st September much to the birders...
  • Blog Post: Bird sightings 30th August - 3rd September

    The last few days have been busy with people out to spot the Icterine Warbler and the Red-backed Shrike who visited us in the first few days of September. As the temperature is dropping and Autumn is now here, they are both probably preparing to start their migration south to spend the winter. Honey...
  • Blog Post: Bird sightings for the last few weeks

    It's been a good few weeks for waders! We've had 2 great white egrets hanging out on our reserve for a while, with them being spotted every day for about 2 weeks. A cattle egret (below) was seen in the cow field on the 15th of August which was a delight to see as you drove down the track. ...
  • Blog Post: 24 July 2015 Recent Sightings

    Great white egret – one at Denge Marsh on 24 th Bittern – Denge Marsh on 22 nd Hobby – two at Denge Marsh on 21 st Peregrine – two juveniles over Burrowes pit on 23 rd Marsh harrriers – seven + (incl three juveniles) over Denge Marsh on 21 st Avocet...