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Dungeness forms the southern most point of the Romney Marsh in Kent and  is a national nature reserve managed by English Nature and the RSPB. It sits 3 miles out into the English Channel and is home to a unique variety of wildlife and more than 600 different types of plants. It is a shingle beach on the Kent/East Sussex border and has formed over the past 6000 years.

Mile after mile of shingle,  it is one of the most important sites for breeding colonies of gulls and terns and migrating birds such as Bewicks' swans and gadwall make their home here. On a cold winter's day, you can sit in the visitor centre and look out through a huge picture window at all the waterbirds on the large gravel pit just outside. Often a rare grebe or diver is among them, and the little smew. Nature trails lead around a series of hides where there is a chance of seeing bitterns and bearded tits in winter. There is plenty to be seen at other times too. It is also one of the best places in Britain to find rare species of moths, butterflies, bees, beetles and spiders.

At the 'end of the line' for the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, which claims to be the smallest public railway in the world have a gauge of just 15 inches. There are two nuclear power stations, both the New and Old Lighthouses, fishing boats, picturesque little cottages and other buildings as well as a vast array of sea views, which can be captured at all times of the year and day.


Dennis Smith 

  Dungeness New Lighthouse

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See Larger Image Shingle Bank and Foxglove

  Simon Carey 

See Larger Image Steam Engine at Dungeness Station

  Dennis Smith 

Dungeness Old Lighthouse    Kevin Lincoln

Location: Dungeness, nr Lydd, Kent

Grid Reference: TR062197 Ceremonial County: Kent

Map Link: Multimap

Aerial photo: Google Aerial Photo

Getting there: 7km south of New Romney and 3km south east of Lydd.

Access: Via minor roads of the B2075. Nearest car park is in Lydd and the light railway station at Dungeness.
Website:  www.dungeness.org.uk
Other Useful Websites:    Natural England             RSPB                  Wiki
Email: dungeness@rspb.org.uk
Postcode: Telephone: 01797 320588
Opening Times: RSPB Reserve open daily 9am-9pm except for Dec 25 & 26. Visitor centre open 10am-5pm and 4pm Nov-Feb.

Charges: RSPB members FREE.
Non Members: Adults 3; Concessions 2; Under 16's 1; Family (2+4) 6

Nearby Locations: Dungeness New Lighthouse, nr Lydd, Kent

Dungeness Old Lighthousenr Lydd, Kent

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Notes: RSPB visitor centre has toilets and refreshment facilities.

No Dogs allowed





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