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Dungeness RSPB 2016
Saturday COACH trip

Date: Saturday 7 May 2016 at 09:30


On a fine and sunny day 27 people set off on a coach from Braywick sports centre to Dungenss RSPB reserve. From the RSPB visitor centre we visited the six hides on the Purple Trail. There were Whitethroats, Sedge Warblers, Reed Warbler, Bearded Tits, Cuckoo, Cettis Warbler and Lapwings with chicks (very early) , a very few Waders were seen. We were serenaded along the way by Marsh Frogs calling from every pond.

We stayed at the centre until lunch time, then drove about a mile down the road to the Hanson ARC area which is part of the RSPB reserve. We split into two groups, one group saw swallows on the telegraph poles, the other group were more successful and saw Black Neck Grebe, Tree Sparrows, House Sparrow, with the sound of Cuckoo in the distance.

Then back on the coach for the short journey to the lighthouse and power station area, to do some sea watching. We saw Common Tern with other birds in the distance. The cafe was closed for refurbishment so we retired to the Britannia Pub.

As a group we recorded a total of 78 species, which is down on 2013 when we saw 92.

Leaving by coach at 4pm making two stops, one for the youngest member of the coach (he should drink less in future)!

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Dungeness, 7/5/2016, sunny periods

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Barnacle Goose

Brent Goose

Egyptian Goose







Tufted Duck




Bittern (Heard)

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Black-necked Grebe

Marsh Harrier


Common Buzzard







Ringed Plover


Common Sandpiper



Pomarine Skua

Little Tern

Sandwich Tern

Common Tern

Arctic Tern

Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Rock Dove

Stock Dove

Wood Pigeon

Collared Dove





Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Bearded Tit


Cetti's Warbler

Long-tailed Tit

Willow Warbler


Sedge Warbler

Reed warbler







House Sparrow

Tree Sparrow

Yellow Wagtail

Pied Wagtail




Reed Bunting

77 Bird Species seen and 1 heard


Common Lizard

Marsh Frog

Smooth Newt

27 People

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RSPB Dungeness 7th May 2016

Sunny Lagoon at RSPB Dungeness reserve

We intend to go to the RSPB visitor centre, to the Hanson ARC area and to the beach at the tip of the peninsula, near the lighthouses.

RSPB Visitor Centre area, facilities

  • Six hides and a viewpoint
  • Visitor centre
  • Information centre
  • Shop
  • Hot & cold drinks, snacks
  • Toilets
  • Fens, reedbed, gravel pits, wet and dry grassland

Walking distance around this area is about two miles, on good shingle/grass paths

Hanson ARC area (part of the RSPB reserve), facilities

  • A hide and a viewpoint
  • Fens, reedbed, gravel pits

Walking distance is around a mile, on good paths

Reserve entry: RSPB members free.  Non-members: adults £4, student £3, child £2

Click here for further information about the RSPB reserve

Lighthouse area, facilities

  • Beach
  • Bird observatory
  • Britannia pub with hot food
  • Lighthouses
  • Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch light steam railway (with Cafe)
  • Power stations

Walking distance is around a mile, on good paths and shingle beach

Click here for further information about the Dungeness NNR

On the whole trip, we hope to see many of the following birds -

Avocet, lapwing, little ringed plover, whimbrel, black-tailed godwit, bar-tailed godwit, ruff, common sandpiper, green sandpiper, greenshank, cuckoo, sand martin, chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap, whitethroat, sedge warbler, reed warbler, black redstart, wheatear, yellow wagtail.

The area is also famous for flowers, insects, amphibians, lizards, etc., but we are a bit early in the year for the best displays of these.

Coach trip details -

  • Full payment of £20.00 is required on booking. For under 16s the full cost is only £10.00. All money will be refunded if the trip is cancelled.
  • For bookings and any other details, email Helen Pearson , or call Helen on 01628 639648 and leave a voicemail, or see Helen at a meeting. Please book at least one week in advance, preferably much earlier.
  • The coach leaves promptly at 7.00 am from the lay-by in front of the entrance to Braywick Park (Braywick Sports Ground), Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1DX. There is a free car park inside the park. Please arrive in good time.
  • Consider bringing a packed lunch and any drinks or snacks that you may require.
  • This coach trip involves a journey time of over two hours each way. During the journey, comfort stops will be made if possible.
  • The coach has room for large items such as telescopes, tripods, hampers and camera bags.