Dungeness, United Kingdom

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9 years 8 months ago #7299 by peter sharland
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Hi all

The Sharland family visited the UK in early January 2008, with birding coming a very poor second on our itinerary (sigh).

However, Jenny and I did manage to spend a morning looking round the RSPB Sanctuary at Dungeness, in Kent, in the south of England. It started off as a fairly fine mid-week winter's morning, but soon turned into a typical cold, blustery English day! We were absolutely bowled over by the available facilities, with a glass-fronted visitor's centre looking out over one of the water bodies that are home to all sorts of nice goodies, including Smew, Merganser and Bittern.

There are two telescopes available for public use, as well as a very well-stocked shop. The hot coffee was particularly popular that day, especially after walking between the five (yes, 5!) hides that are dotted around the sanctuary. There are volunteers on duty every day in the visitor's centre, who help with information regarding recent sightings, which particular hides are good right now, etc etc.

Everything is extremely well maintained and signposted, with the glass-fronted hides being most impressive to us visiting SA birders. If the other RSPB sites dotted around the UK are as good as this one, then they are also worth as much of a thumbs up! The other amazing thing was the numbers of casual visitors as well as birders that we saw, on a week-day. We vowed to return to the UK one day, with birding time on our hands.....

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Peter Sharland

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9 years 8 months ago #7300 by Doug
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That sounds Awesome Peter. I would love to birdc overseas!!!

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