Places to see birds

Dungeness RSPB Reserve

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Dungeness RSPB Reserve
Richard Hanman

LATEST NEWS FROM DUNGENESS - February to March 2016

Reserve Work Programme:

Recent work has seen our volunteers carry out both bramble and gorse management! By cutting small rides and scalloped edges into these dense patches, it is helping to create a diversity within these habitats. By introducing areas of different age and size it is not only helping rejuvenate the habitat by encouraging new growth but it is also increasing the biodiversity of the habitat. The creation of the edge habitat also provides increased feeding and nesting areas for a range of birds.

'Donut Island,' situated in our new excavations pit was also cleared of any vegetation, to reclaim the bare shingle in a hope of encouraging breeding seabirds and waders onto the island.

Further work has been carried out on our track, after the heavy rainfall we had in December and January resulted in the deterioration of the track. A digger was hired and large scale renovations were carried out to exaggerate or create further cambers/slopes to increase the water run-off on the worst hit areas. A huge thank you to all of our work party volunteers who have done an amazing job, braving the infamous Dungeness wind and rain, to help carry out all our habitat management work this winter!

Wildlife Highlights:

Our winter residents are still here with male and female goldeneye and smew seen today on Burrowes pit in front of the visitor centre. Our resident long-eared owls are still here too. We've also seen our first oystercatchers of the year this week and a lot of our wildlife are starting to show some breeding behaviour. I also saw my first bumblebee of the year! It was a buff-tailed bumblebee queen looking for a place to start her colony. Soon Dungeness will be buzzing with insects again and I cannot wait. Spring is almost here!

Events:

We now have lots of events planned for the next few months which includes something for the children to do over the holidays. If you are early birds then come along to our Bittern Breakfast events to look and listen for bitterns as the sun rises whilst enjoying a bacon butty and a cup of tea! Or join in on a peaceful Dawn Chorus Walk, to listen to the birds at their best. Don't know much about birds but want to learn more? Then join in on our Birdwatching for Beginners walk to learn more about our feathery friends! All of our events details are on our website, so please have a look and give us a ring for more information or to book yourselves on to them!

For full listings of our recent sightings and forthcoming events please see our website at www.rspb.org.uk/dungeness