RX WILDLIFE FESTIVAL 2011

The dates for our 7th Annual Wildlife Festival are 28th May to 5th June 2011.

There will be wildlife activities at Hastings Country Park, Pett Level, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Camber, Dungeness RSPB and the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre. Most activities are free, but donations will be appreciated. Children are especially welcomed, but must be accompanied by an adult.

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Programme of Events

If the venue or meeting point is shown in blue, click on it for a map or further information.
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Daily: 28th May-5th June

Beach Bingo Pick up a bingo card from Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre from 10am-4pm.

Daily Exhibition: KWT ‘Living Landscapes’ This exhibition will be on display throughout the RX Festival week. At Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, Dymchurch Road, New Romney, TN28 8AY Phone: 01797 369487.

Wildlife Art Exhibition. Stunning exhibition of art from members of the Society of Wildlife Artists. The show will include a great range of original work, including dry points and linocuts, etchings, watercolours and woodcuts. With well known artists from this country and America this will be a rare opportunity to see such quality work outside London. Also on show ceramics, textiles, cards and gifts. Plus, of course lovely tea, coffee, cakes and the best ice cream in town… Avocet Gallery, opposite the shop in Rye Harbour, Wednesdays to Sundays (closed Mon/Tues), 21st May to end of June, 10.30 to 5pm.
by Bob Greenhalfby Andrew Haslen

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Saturday 28th May

Discover Moths meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre at 9am to look at the previous night’s catch in the moth trap with the warden.

Guided Walk: 2pm. Join us for a guided walk of the site. Meet at Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, Dymchurch Road, New Romney, TN28 8AY Phone: 01797 369487.

Spring Birds at Filsham Reedbed: 10-12. A gentle walk with Sussex Wildlife Trust along the Combe Haven River and into Filsham Reedbed looking at spring birds and other wetland wildlife. Contact on day of event 07880 716653. Sorry no dogs. Meet at the Bulverhythe playing fields car park off the A259, St. Leonards, postcode TN38 8AL. Donations appreciated.

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Sunday 29th May

Beginners Birdwatching. Easy circular walk at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve to look at some special birds. Meet at Rye Harbour car park at 10am for a 2 hour walk with the warden.

Wildlife Walk Around Dungeness Point. A gentle walk to see the characteristic wildlife which can be found on the Dungeness National Nature Reserve. Bird migration is at a peak and the flowers and insects will be making the Point a colourful spectacle. LEADER: Owen Leyshon, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership (01797 367934 or 07770 670316). MEET: at 2pm at Old Lighthouse car park, Dungeness Road, Dungeness (TR 088 167). DISTANCE: 2 miles (2.5 hours). GRADE: 3 (shingle – Walking on some sections of shingle).

Family Activity: Moth Identification. At Romney Marsh Visitor Centre 10.30am onwards. Come and investigate the contents of a moth trap to see what has been caught overnight. At Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, Dymchurch Road, New Romney, TN28 8AY Phone: 01797 369487.

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Monday 30th May

Shingle Flowers. An easy circular walk at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve with the warden to look at some special flowers. Meet at Rye Harbour car park at 10am for a 2 hour walk with the warden.

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Tuesday 31st May

Postcards from the beach. A creative workshop with glue and tiny found items. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre at 2pm.

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Wednesday 1st June

Creepy Crawlies. A short walk at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve to look at some tiny animals. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre at 10am for a 2 hour walk with the warden.

Guided Walk: 2pm. Join us for a guided walk of the site. Meet at Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, Dymchurch Road, New Romney, TN28 8AY Phone: 01797 369487.

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Thursday 2nd June

Pond Dipping. At Castle Water to look at some freshwater animals. Meet at Brede Lock at 10am.

First pond dips of the year. Dungeness RSPB Family event, 2-3.30pm
Our water creatures have spent the winter and spring resting down in the depths of the pond – now they are awake just in time for us to have a close look into their world. Booking essential. RSPB Wildlife Explorer members £1.50, non-members £3. Accompanying adults free.

A Woolly Wander, Romney Warren Country Park. Follow the Sheep Trail around the meadow and lake at Romney Warren Country Park and help us spin a yarn about the history and wildlife of Romney Marsh. Donation appreciated, what a Baa-gin! LEADER: Mark Tuson, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership (01797 367934 or 07971 276698). MEET: at 2pm at Car park, Visitor Centre, Romney Warren Country Park, Dymchurch Road, near New Romney (TR 078 261). DISTANCE: 2 miles (2 hours). GRADE: 2 (Dogs on leads, unsuitable for pushchairs).

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Friday 3rd June

Glorious Mud. An exploration of the saltmarsh, hunting out the minibeasts living there. Wellies advisable. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre at 2pm.

First pond dips of the year. Dungeness RSPB Family event, two sessions: 11am-12.30 pm and 2pm-3.30pm
Our water creatures have spent the winter and spring resting down in the depths of the pond – now they are awake just in time for us to have a close look into their world. Booking essential.
RSPB Wildlife Explorer members £1.50, non-members £3. Accompanying adults free.

Farm walk at Bosney Farm, near Iden. 10am-12pm. A gentle stroll around this organic farm on the edge of the Rother and an opportunity to discover what wildlife is around and how the farm is being managed. Contact on the day: Camilla Blackburn, Kent Wildlife Trust, mob. 07889 822323. Meet at Bosney Farm, Iden, near Rye, East Sussex TN31 7PY. In the event of bad weather, please call to check the event is still going ahead. FREE event.

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Saturday 4th June

Beach Art. Get creative with pebbles on the beach. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre at 2pm.

Moth Morning. Dungeness RSPB, 9.30-11.30am
Far from being the small brown creatures of popular (mis)conception, many moths are brightly coloured gems of the insect world. Come along and discover a whole new world of carpets, pugs, hawks, footmen and perhaps even a tiger! No need to book. Adults £6.00, concessions £4.00, children £3.00. There is a 50% discount for RSPB and Wildlife Explorer members.

Guided Walk: 2pm. Join us for a guided walk of the site. Meet at Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, Dymchurch Road, New Romney, TN28 8AY Phone: 01797 369487.

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Sunday 5th June

Camber Castle Detectives. Drop into Camber Castle between 2-5pm. Normal entrance fees apply. One mile walk to castle starts from here.

Bumblebee Walk and Talk. An afternoon walk round Rye Harbour with Nikki Gammans to view and identify bumblebee species. As we go round the site a talk will discuss bumblebee importance and conservation and current progress of the short-haired bumblebee reintroduction. Meet at Rye harbour car park at 2pm return about 3.30pm. Find out more about the project here.

Family Activity: Moth Identification. At Romney Marsh Visitor Centre 10.30am onwards. Come and investigate the contents of a moth trap to see what has been caught overnight. At Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, Dymchurch Road, New Romney, TN28 8AY Phone: 01797 369487.

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