RSPB Dungeness

RSPB Dungeness: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, RSPB Dungeness Reviews: 4.5/5

RSPB Dungeness
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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).
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Bazza1701
Ware, UK43 contributions
Superb RSPB Reserve
Sep 2021
I recently spent around 6 hours at this reserve. I enjoyed what it had to offer so much I actually went round twice. I was fortunate enough to see a number of wading birds and a few songbirds but the highlight was seeing the Marsh Harriers. Seeing them in action was spectacular. There were also many butterflies to see too. I didn't get to see the Bearded Tits but the fairly strong winds might have stopped them from coming out.
The reserve itself is very well maintained. A couple of the hides are currently out of action, but they are being repaired so hopefully they'll be available for use soon. There are many benches around the reserve to stop, take in the views and enjoy the nature around you. The terrain is flat with paths being mostly stone or boardwalks. There are a few grassy pathways, which I guess may get boggy in wetter times.I would like to thank Vanessa and Barnaby from the RSPB who were at the visitor centre and welcome point. They were incredibly helpful and happy to answer my many questions about birds , butterflies and binoculars! Their enthusiasm certainly rubbed off on me and added to the enjoyment of the day.
Written September 15, 2021
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RMW
1 contribution
Amazing!!
Aug 2021 • Family
Had a great time, the staff were wonderful and welcoming, Barnaby was a great source of information and helped us along the way. Would definitely visit again!
Written August 23, 2021
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mfry
London,England66 contributions
Beautiful walk
Aug 2021 • Friends
Lovely walk on a sunny morning with beautiful scenery and friendly staff
In the shadow of the power station , a peaceful and scenic environment with abundant bird life
Written August 22, 2021
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gwyn
Brookland, UK164 contributions
Great couple of hours walk
Aug 2021 • Couples
Always A lovely walk around here ..today saw some Egyptian Geese for the very first time All the work being done with the new hides looks good .
Written August 15, 2021
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Dixi S
1 contribution
Excellent day
Aug 2021 • Friends
Excellent advice and guidance from Baranaby, Simon, Gareth and Louise. Thank you all for your kindness.
Written August 13, 2021
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Michael S C
1 contribution
Highly recommended
Aug 2021 • Family
A great family afternoon out in a peaceful spot, very helpful guidance about what to look for etc, well worth keeping an eye open for lizards and snakes as well as the amazing variety of birds (while we were there: swans, a bittern, a marsh harrier..)
Written August 12, 2021
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Steven S
Ashford, UK2 contributions
Fun days out
Aug 2021 • Family
Fun day out, not just birds. Great for kids to see nature in a different way. Staff are fun and friendly too.
Written August 9, 2021
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Tom D
1 contribution
Lovely
Aug 2021 • Family
A really beautiful and tranquil spot. Lovely environment to see a wide range of birds and other sorts of wildlife. Well worth a visit, we loved it.
Written August 9, 2021
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peterandanna
Hertfordshire, UK679 contributions
Choose the month you go with care if you are interested in birds.
Jun 2021
Mid June is perhaps not the best time to go if you want to spot birds of interest.
There was both a queue and £5 entrance fee, which we do not begrudge the RSPB but it was a disappointing visit.
Written June 18, 2021
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Drued666
4 contributions
Good
Jun 2021 • Solo
Tranquility good boots to be worn the sound disc are not acssesabl all year roun you must book a trip with RSPB, for access it's £5 max 25 people
Written June 13, 2021
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Thank you for your review! The events for the Sound Mirrors have been postponed again this year due to the pandemic, but we hope to plan a whole range of events for visitors next year, so please do keep an eye on our website or social media pages for updates. I hope you enjoyed your visit and that we will see you for future events to the Sound Mirrors. Best wishes, Louise (Visitor Experience Officer)
Written June 15, 2021
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