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  • Blog Post: Dungeness weekly update 6th May 2016

    What a gorgeous day today, finally the warm weather is here and it’s looking like it will stay for the weekend! Today our warden team were putting out the floating raft, hoping to entice terns to nest on it. You will be able to see it from Dennis’ hide. Fingers crossed for fluffy chicks...
  • Blog Post: Weekend sightings 23/24 April 2016

    Here's a quick list of wildlife sightings we had over the weekend: (Tundra) Bean goose – from viewing ramp at Hookers Egyptian goose – at Denge Marsh Bittern – booming at Denge Marsh Peregrine – over Burrowes pit Marsh harrier – over Denge Marsh Buzzard...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness weekly update 8th - 15th April

    Good news, our return trail has now been opened! Although last night’s rain has made it a little bit wetter than we would of liked, it’s safe to walk down it now, with just a small diversion over a large puddle – just bring sensible footwear! The willow trail at the ARC is still closed...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness weekly update!

    What a busy week we have had on the reserve! Most days the weather has been kind so we have been flooded with visitors over the Easter break. Our insects are starting to emerge with all of our ‘Big 7’ species of bee being spotted out and about. Peacock and tortoiseshell butterflies have emerged...
  • Blog Post: This weeks wildlife at Dungeness

    I hope you weren’t caught out by any April Fool bird sightings today! The past week has been filled with the sights and sounds of spring. We’ve had queen bumblebees buzzing around the reserve looking for a place to start a nest, our colony of Andrena vaga bees or grey-backed mining bees...
  • Blog Post: Spring is here at Dungeness!

    Spring is officially here! Today we have had reported sightings of our first swallow, house martin and wheatear of the year! Just in time for Easter – fantastic! Bitterns have also been heard clearing their throats and practicing small booms, they have been heard early in the morning over the...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness Update - 12th - 18th March

    Image: Curlew by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) I saw a curlew on the track down to the visitor centre this morning. I haven't seen one before and they are extraordinary birds with fantastic, long beaks! Whilst speaking of the track, our warden staff and volunteers have done a fantastic job of...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Dungeness 5th - 11th March

    Red is the colour theme here this week at Dungeness with a red-crested pochard drake seen on the dipping pond yesterday, a red-throated diver on Burrowes pit on the 6th, two redpolls seen today and a redshank seen by Boulderwall. Redshank. Image: Andy Hay rspb-images I saw my first bumblebee...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness sightings 27th February - 4th March

    It's been a cold but beautifully sunny day here on the reserve today. The long eared owl was showing off really well today by the pond. We've had lots of geese on the reserve recently with Canadian geese, Greylag geese, Brent geese and Egyptian geese all taking up residents on our pits. Smews...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 20th - 26th February

    Good evening! It is still light outside whilst I write this, which is very encouraging. The weather is still bitterly cold however. But this did not stop people from venturing out on the reserve today and we were showered with a range of bird and wildlife sightings. I myself was able to spot a kingfisher...
  • Blog Post: This weeks sightings 13th - 19th February

    This week a glossy ibis was spotted at the reserve! Glossy ibis are large, heron-like birds with rich bronze feathers and a slender, curved bill. They usually live in the Mediterranean region and are still rare visitors to the UK, although records are increasing. They occasionally visit Dungeness...
  • 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...