What to expect
If you haven't been to Dungeness, nothing can quite prepare you for the landscape mile after mile of shingle, which is wild and a little weird! On a cold winter's day, it is a delight to sit snug in the visitor centre and look out through a huge picture window at all the waterbirds on the large gravel pit just outside. Often a rare grebe or diver is among them, and it is perhaps the best place in the UK for watching the delightful smew. In summer, redshanks, lapwings and reedbed birds breed, whilst marsh harriers circle the wetland in search of food. Facilities: visitor centre, toilets, car parking, on-site shop.