RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve


Lydd, Kent

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Occupying over 2,000 acres of the Dungeness peninsula, this is the largest shingle beach of its kind in Europe. About 60 species of birds breed on the reserve each year, including large numbers of waterfowl and waders. Marsh harriers, bitterns and bearded tits nest in the reed beds along with more common reed and sedge warblers and reed buntings. In spring and autumn migrating birds such as warblers and waders pass through Dungeness, while in winter the reserve plays host to hundreds of wildfowl, including pintail, smew and goldeneye. Many plants, butterflies, bees and dragonflies can also be seen around the nature trail.

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RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve
Boulderwall Farm,Dungeness Road,Romney Marsh,LYDD,Kent,TN29 9PN
Phone : 01797 320588

About the area

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The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.

Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages. 

In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.

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