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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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A Bird Watchers Delight.

Many viewing areas with pleasing outcome at all. Lake areas offer excellent viewing. Pleasant and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
lynnstapley54
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Kent, United Kingdom
Great walk in the sunshine, viewing could be better....

We enjoyed our couple of miles walk around the reserve, and it was good to spot those birds and... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2018
Andy-S60
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London, 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
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Dungeness Road | Boulderwall Farm, Dungeness TN29 9PN, England
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+44 1797 320588
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Many viewing areas with pleasing outcome at all. Lake areas offer excellent viewing. Pleasant and rewarding experience for all . Visitors Centre offers viewing, refreshments and all staff offered helpful excellent information and advice.

Thank lynnstapley54
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

We enjoyed our couple of miles walk around the reserve, and it was good to spot those birds and fauna that we recognised. Most of the birds however are on the various waters across from the man-made ridges which line the waters - and on...More

Thank Andy-S60
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

We were so looking forward to visiting the reserve but whether is was because of the breezy conditions or sheer bad luck, we didn't see much at all. No cafe either which wasn't good. Definitely wouldn't go back as we've been to much better.

Thank Rob W
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

We are RSPB members so this was a must. Have to say a well organised reserve and the staff were very friendly. Plenty of hides to visit.

Thank ColinK1970
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

A well maintained and populated bird reserve. Lots of hides to use around the 2 mile walk. Impressed to see a real range...favourite was the heron.

Thank MrsBsTravels
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Great walk round the reserve with plenty of good hides to view from. friendly staff helped out as we had left membership cards behind. Poor weather did not help with specied viewing but a Merlin and a Kingfisher were highlights. Toilets not too sharp and...More

Thank Broadsman19
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

A very warm welcome from the RSPB volunteers when we signed in and detailed directions and tips to enjoy the 2 mile walk around the reserve. Well laid out and signed paths, mainly dry but in wet weather would suggest something sensible on your feet,...More

Thank geordie9Kent
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

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
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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

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