Dungeness, in Kent, is an extraordinarily rare habitat as, within approximately twelve square miles, there are over six hundred plant species, many of which have adapted to growing on shingle ridges and great for our pollen loving friends. It was the perfect place to reintroduce the short-haired bumblebee, which has been successfully achieved since the program began back in 2009. The project partners, the RSPB, Natural England & the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Hymettus, have been very happy with how the program has worked so far and monitor from April to September. Information can be found when visiting their centre out on the reserve. The ‘Sound Mirrors’ an early form of radar can be reached from the paths that run across the nature reserve and worth a visit. They are on an island that can only be accessed on the guided walks but you can get close enough to take photographs if visiting on a day when a tour is unavailable.
For the steam enthusiasts amongst you, pick up the miniature steam trains that run from Hythe, Romney and Dymchurch and stop off at Dungeness and climb the stairs to the top of the Lighthouse for a stunning 360 degree view of the area.
Gardeners may be aware that Derek Jarman’s House and garden is located at Dungeness and you are free to walk around and enjoy his planting and sculptures.
So whatever the season, don a hat and grab your coat, then head out to Dungeness RSPB reserve. We always visit with a camera in tow, as the light is also perfect for capturing a unique wildlife shot or that special moment in nature.
You will soon discover why it is popular with wildlife enthusiasts, artists, walkers and bumblebees! So if you are staying at one of our holiday cottages, we can highly recommend a visit to Dungeness.