RX WILDLIFE FESTIVAL 2012

The dates for our 8th Annual Wildlife Festival are 2nd – 10th June 2012.

There will be wildlife activities at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, East Guldeford Level, 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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Friday June 1st – Sunday June 10th

Rye Harbour Bird Bingo! 10am – 4pm Pick up a bingo card from Lime Kiln Cottage information centre and see how many birds you can see around the Reserve. You should see gulls, terns, waders and their chicks! Drop in to Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre for your bingo card. £1 per card.

Wildlife Art Exhibition at the Avocet Gallery and Tea Room, Rye Harbour Click here for details.

Saturday June 2nd – Sunday June 10th

Dungeness Bee Fest! Daily 11 am – 4.30 pm
Nine days of walks, talks and family fun with RSPB to celebrate the humble bumblebee. Including
• 6th June RSPB Dungeness bumblebee walk and talk 2-4pm
• 9th June RSPB Dungeness bumblebee walk and talk 2-4pm
Check out their website nearer the time.

See Dungeness Bee Fest below.

Sunday June 3rd at 2pm

Wildlife Walk around Dungeness Point 2pm. 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. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated. LEADER: Owen Leyshon, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership (01797 367934 or 07770 670316). MEET: 2pm at Old Lighthouse car park, Dungeness Road, Dungeness (TR 088 167 or TN29 9NB). DISTANCE: 2 miles (2.5 hours). GRADE: 3 (Walking on some sections of shingle).

See Dungeness Bee Fest below.

Monday June 4th

Cycle Ride: I Like To Ride My Bicycle (by Queen) 2pm. As a celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – take a short circular bike ride out from one of the Cinque Port towns – New Romney. Please bring your bell to tinkle as we head out on our bicycles. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated. LEADER: Mark Tuson, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership (01797 367934 or 07971 276698). MEET: 2pm at Pay and Display car park (opposite Cinque Port Arms), West Street, off the High Street, New Romney (TR 063 247 or TN28 8DG). DISTANCE: 12 miles (2.5 hours)

Tuesday June 5th

East Guldeford Level circular walk, 11am-3pm.  A 6-mile walk via Moneypenny, the Wainway Wall, Tressland, Barn Farm and Collyer’s Farm. STOP PRESS: Path at Collyer’s Farm blocked by oilseed rape – route changed!  South from Wainway Wall across the golf course to Northpoint and the river bank, back via path from Rye. Birds, butterflies, dragonflies, etc. Although the walk is level and at a moderate pace with stops to look at wildlife, you should be reasonably fit with suitable footwear/clothing and able to complete the route. Meet at 11 am in the car park at East Guldeford Church, returning about 3 pm; bring a packed lunch and a drink. Sorry, no dogs. We’ll have a look inside this unique marsh church; donations for parking in aid of church funds welcomed. Leader Patrick Bonham, 01797 222480.

Creepy Crawlies at Rye Harbour. 10 – 11.30am Join the warden, Chris, in a hunt for spiders, bugs, flies and other minibeasts hiding from view. Meet at Rye Harbour car park. Donations appreciated.

Thursday June 7th

See Dungeness Bee Fest below.

Friday June 8th

See Dungeness Bee Fest below.

Saturday June 9th

Coastal Plants at Rye Harbour. 10.30am – 12.30pm (2 miles) Find out how the Reserve’s shingle plants cope with their dry, windy and salty environment! Meet at Rye Harbour car park. Donations appreciated.

Sunday June 10th

Rye Harbour’s Breeding Birds. 4 – 6.30pm Come down to the Reserve to see how our breeding terns, gulls and waders are doing this year. Meet at Rye Harbour car park. Donations appreciated.

Dragonflies On The Long Pits, Dungeness 2pm. This is an opportunity to venture across Dungeness to the Long Pits, which holds an excellent range of dragonfly species. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated. LEADER: Owen Leyshon, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership (01797 367934 or 07770 670316). MEET:2pm at Old Lighthouse car park, Dungeness Road, Dungeness Point (TR 088 167 or TN29 9NB). DISTANCE: 2.5 miles (2.5 hours). GRADE: 3 (walking on some sections of shingle)

Dungeness Bee Fest
– nine days of walks, talks and family fun to celebrate the humble bumblebee.

Bee Fest family fun – Saturday 2, Sunday 3, Thursday 7 and Friday 8
No need to book – just turn up and join in the fun!

Buzzy bee walks, one-hour walks starting at 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm Can you tell your bumblebees from your honey bees? Buzz along to one of our family friendly bee strolls to find out about these fascinating little creatures and have a go at helping our scientists work out which bees live at Dungeness.

Beautiful bee homes – 11am – 4.30pm each day Once you have discovered all about bees why not do your bit to pamper the bees in your own garden by making them a FREE bee hotel – all equipment provided.

Pond dipping paradise – pop in and dip – 11am – 4.30pm each day – no need to book. Dungeness is not just special for bees, so why not make a day of it and join our dipping expert down at the pond to discover some amazing underwater creatures. Grab one of our nets and get dipping!

Family bee trail
A self-guided trail to follow on any day throughout the Festival – return your answer sheet to the Visitor Centre to enter our free draw for a great prize.

Look out for Julibee, our special queen bee, who might turn up around the reserve at any time during the week.
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Guided walks

Bee Fest – plant walk Wednesday 6, 11am – 1pm Our wildflowers are crucial to the success of our bumblebees. This walk will introduce to the great variety of flowering plants that can be found across the reserve.

Bee Fest – bumblebee talk and walk Wednesday 6 and Saturday 9 June, 2pm – 4pmDungeness is one of the most important sites in Britain for bumblebees. Nikki Gammans of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust will introduce you to the conservation and taxonomy of these fascinating creatures with a one-hour talk followed by a walk around the reserve nature trail. Free but donations welcome. Booking advisable.

Bee fest – The birds and the bees Sunday 10, 11.15am – 1.15pm and 2.45pm – 4.45pmJoin Dungeness Site Manager Martin Randall for a stroll to find some of our special bumblebees (perhaps we might even encounter the rare short-haired bumblebee) and do a spot of birdwatching along the way. We will also take a look at some of the areas of the reserve managed especially for bees and find out more about the creation and conservation of these important habitats. Booking advisable.

All events are free but normal reserve entry fees apply.