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Last modified: 30 July 2012
A wildlife adventure with the RSPB this summer
Image: Ben Hall
It’s August, the summer holidays are now in full swing and nature is too! It’s the time of year when there are abundant insects, wonderful wildflowers, and animals raising their young. Whatever the weather, why not discover the amazing summer wildlife at RSPB Dungeness nature reserve, where there are lots of activities for families to enjoy.
On Wednesdays our Let’s Go Wild sessions will offer a different activity each week, such as Hogweeds school of wildlife wizardry on Wednesday 22nd, when children can mix up a potion, go on a dragon hunt and look for beautiful beasties! On Wednesdays 1st and 8th, children can Go for Gold - taking part in quizzes, activities and crafts as we celebrate our very own animal olympics. Medals will be awarded to all competitors, so get dressed up for the opening ceremony and join in the fun.
There’ll be wildlife safaris every Friday morning when you can hunt out the creepy crawlies that live on the reserve and pond-dipping sessions so you can discover the creatures that live beneath the water.
Christine Hawkins, Visitor Centre Manager, said: “The reserve is looking at its colourful best at the moment with vivid blue viper’s bugloss edging the tracks and other flowers such as yellow-horned poppy and tufted vetch in full bloom. The wild flowers are magnets for butterflies and bumblebees, meaning there’s always something new to see. From 1st to 12th August our Bumblebee Bonanza Date with Nature will introduce visitors to the fascinating world of bumblebees. Bumblebee activities for all ages will be taking place throughout the fortnight, including an introduction to the different bees, guided walks, trails, crafts & making bee houses. Join our experts for an introduction to the bumblebees of RSPB Dungeness and you may even be lucky enough to encounter the famous short-haired bumblebee!”
In addition to these activities, there will be a Family Fun Weekend on Saturday 11th and 12th with free admission to all visitors, a saving of £3 per adult and £1 per child.
Attractions over the weekend will include mini-beast hunts, pond-dipping, face-painting, bumblebee house building and fun and games for our younger visitors. Christine added: “At this time of year the reedbeds are alive with young sedge and reed warblers, hobbies – the most acrobatic of our birds of prey - can be seen swooping and darting as they catch dragonflies in mid-air and tiny common tern chicks can be seen on the special nest rafts built for them at Denge Marsh.
For further information on events at Dungeness RSPB Nature Reserve, call 01797 320588; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or check the RSPB website: www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/dungeness.
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