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RSPB Dungeness

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Dungeness Road | Boulderwall Farm, Dungeness TN29 9PN, England
+44 1797 320588
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1,700 cormorant blackened the skies

I know fishermen get angry at the cormorants, but this was a spectacular sight. I counted over 600... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
A very well presented naure reserve with plenty of hides for bird watching and shortish walks

There is a good variety of birds here including some rarer ones. We saw marsh harrier which is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Berty V
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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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 water birds 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. During the summer, the reserve is awash with vibrant wildflowers which provide food for all sorts of insects including many different species of butterfly and bumblebee! Listen to the chorus of the marsh frogs in the reedbeds and look out for sunbathing grass snakes too! The nature trails lead around a series of hides where there is an excellent chance of seeing bitterns and bearded tits in winter. There is plenty to be seen at other times too. Dungeness's position, jutting into the English Channel, makes it ideally placed to watch for migrant birds arriving or departing, with wheatears, swallows, martins and warblers regularly seen. Families are always welcome at RSPB Dungeness and a huge range of family friendly activities goes on throughout the year. Use a Wildlife Explorer rucksack (free of charge) to explore the reserve and the children's trail on your own or join one of our events to get expert tuition on activities such as pond dipping, minibeasts, bird watching or being a nature detective to name just a few. Family events run throughout the school holidays; children must be accompanied by an adult. The reserve is open daily (except December 25 and 26) from 9am- 9pm (or sunset if earlier). The visitor centre is open from 10am-5pm (4pm November - February).
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Dungeness Road | Boulderwall Farm, Dungeness TN29 9PN, England
Dungeness Road | Boulderwall Farm, Dungeness TN29 9PN, England
+44 1797 320588
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I know fishermen get angry at the cormorants, but this was a spectacular sight. I counted over 600 flying in V-formation over the desert to the power station outlet to feed at lunchtime, and saw the 1,700 take off in the early evening from the...More

Thank gl8246
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a good variety of birds here including some rarer ones. We saw marsh harrier which is a daily bird here. The facilities are good and access is easy. The enormous shingle area is unique.

Thank Berty V
Reviewed 10 November 2017

I was advised to visit RSPB Dungeness by the staff when I left a tour of the Sound Mirrors - despite being told it was, "...just a short walk down the road, around the headland...", it turned out to be a 5-mile trek along a...More

1  Thank Mark B
Reviewed 28 October 2017

I notice that one reviwer feels that conserving Dungeness is a waste of money. I'm afraid that I have to disagree. I don't know of any other comparable area of natural shingle - and if we don't preserve unique habitats our children will grow up...More

1  Thank Kenneth N
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Bird watchers, millions being spent whilst humans are starving and living on the streets and we're looking after birds, what is it with this species.

1  Thank Graeme F
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Very special day spent with the 'Borrow and Expert'. His specialist expertise and local knowledge made this a really special day. We spent over 6 hours on the reserve and it felt like minutes. Wonderful

1  Thank Dashy D
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Dungeness is an excellent spot for keen birdwatchers, with good trails and several hides. It is worth visiting at almost any time of the year, with plenty of water fowl, waders, raptors and smaller birds usually present. It's a bit of a trip to get...More

1  Thank ALAN M
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Breathtaking views, great for explorative energetic souls or tranquil minds alike. Also hearty food & drink available ,..reflection for the journeyman,

1  Thank track67
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Great place to see butterflies. Good information in the hides about the birds. Good for children. Information centre excellent and great shop.

Thank cleo464
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Good circular 2 mile trail with 6 hides. Found the vast areas of desert like shingle most unusual for this country. Lots of birds (particularly on the lakes) and variety of flowering plants. One highlight for us was a 3 inch bright green cricket. Helpful...More

1  Thank LizaC-Medlar
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Julia P
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No they wouldn't be aloud,apart guide dogs.