Dungeness RSPB reserve

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Birdwatching at Dungeness Kent
Birdwatching at Dungeness

Birdwatching at Dungeness

One of the most famous migration peninsula's in Britain, Dungeness nature reserve occupies nearly 1,000 hectares of the Dungeness peninsula, the largest shingle formation of its kind in Europe.the shingle ridges having built up over 5,000 years. It is part of the Dungeness National Nature Reserve.The RSPB reserve covers a wide swathe of shingle and a series of pools and pits rich in wildlife. The picture windows in the visitor centre overlook a lake full of birds, especially gulls and wildfowl in winter and terns in summer.
Birdwatching at Dungeness
March brings the first Sand martins and wheatears, followed closely by Ring ouzel , black redstart and regular firecrest.By Mid-April migration is in full swing with a large increase in warblers,Sedge, reed warblers and whitethroats return to breed., Wader passage should be noticeable with bar-tailed and black-tailed godwits, whimbrels, greenshanks, green, wood and common sandpipers, spotted redshanks, avocets and ruffs all likely.
Early summer sees up to six pairs of Black-redstart breding around the power station, cetti's warbler and bearded tit in the reed-beds and hobby a regular hunter.There is also a sea-watching hide which overlooks the nuclear power station outflow - site of many famous rare gulls etc, and the Dungeness Bird Observatory. The area is featured in much greater detail in Birding magazine's migration special issue.(coming soon)
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Opening times
The reserve is open daily (except December 25 and 26) from 9 am-9 pm (or sunset if earlier). The visitor centre is open from 10 am-5 pm (4 pm November - February).
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Birding in Kent
Don Taylor
'This book, like Birdwatching in Kent 1985), describes ways of enjoying birdwatching in Kent, together with detailed information on the birds and habitats in which they occur.The inspiration for both books came from my own enjoyment of birding and my considerable involvement, through the Kent ornithological society, with the study of birds in this county.My enthusiasm remains unabated and I hope that this book will suggest a variety of ways in which others will be able to share the pleasures of birdwatching in Kent.
Due to its close geographical relationship to the continent, its lengthy coastline and wide variety of natural and man-made habitats,Kent attracts a considerable number of different species.The major habitat types are described in the book as well as some of their typical birds.'
Written by the author of 'Birdwatching in Kent' (1985), this book brings the story up to date. Kent is one of the best counties in England for birdwatching, and this book is aimed at anyone visiting the area, as well as for those who live there.
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Birding in Kent
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) was the star bird at Dungeness in April 2008. Picture Ken ThomasDark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) was the star bird at Dungeness in April 2008. Picture Ken Thomas
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