The Dungeness peninsula is the second largest shingle peninsula in the world and is home to a unique community of animals and plants. It attracts naturalists from every field of interest and expertise, with the bird, insect and plant communities of particular note.
Birds that breed in the area include Raven, Black Redstart, Wheatear, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Bittern, Mediterranean Gull, Cetti’s Warbler, Hobby, Tree Sparrow and Bearded Tit, whilst species such as Great White Egret, Glossy Ibis and Red Kite are regular in appearance. Migrant birds are what the area is renowned for, and sea passage can be spectacular with significant duck, wader, tern and skua passage offshore in suitable conditions. Land migrants too can arrive in numbers during the spring and autumn, with rarities always a possibility. Migrant waders and waterfowl can also be a feature across the many water bodies present in the area. Dungeness Bird Observatory and RSPB Reserve are able to provide local information and guidance.
If anything, the moths of the area are even more noteworthy, with scarce breeding species including the globally unique flava race of Grass Eggar, and Sussex Emerald, Dark Tussock, Pigmy Footman, Scarce Chocolate-tip, Feathered Brindle, Cynaeda dentalis to name but a few. Migrant butterflies and moths frequently make landfall by day and night, with scarce immigrant or vagrant species making an occasional appearance. Greatstone Dunes hold populations of Sand Dart, White Colon and Mellisoblaptes zelleri. Nearby, the famous Orlestone Forest hosts interesting breeding species such as Triangle, Feathered Beauty, Clifden Nonpareil, Scarce Merveille du Jour and Olive Crescent, depending on the season.
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Name: Sean Clancy
Location: Dungeness, Kent
Type of accommodation: Self-contained apartment
Address: Dungeness, Kent
Self-contained apartment at Dungeness, Kent, from £20 per person per night. Wi-fi, Shower & Bathroom, TV, Fridge, Microwave, double bed, separate access.
Located within the NNR, the apartment looks out on a large expanse of open shingle habitat and offers the opportunity to run light-traps and record some of the Dungeness specialities. Dungeness RSPB Reserve & Dungeness Bird Observatory are both nearby and are equidistant from the site of the apartment. Guided birdwatching excursions taking in all the best local sites and more tailored stays are available to include guided light-trapping, or arranged visits to other light-traps operated in the surrounding area. Close to the famous 'Pilot Inn' for fish and chips etc.
For more information, specific rates, and booking please contact me using the details below:
Proprietor: Sean Clancy
Name: The Watch Tower B&B
Location: Dungeness, Kent
Type of accommodation: Guest Suite
Address: The Watch Tower, Dungeness Road, Dungeness, Kent TN29 9NF
We are situated right on the Dungeness Estate and have the perfect space for a moth trap at the end of our garden. From there, our land opens directly onto miles of open shingle habitat. We are in walking distance of the Dungeness Bird Observatory and a short drive from the RSPB reserve. Dungeness attracts some 600 species of moths (approximately 2/3 of British moths, along with about 2/3 of British wildflowers), not to mention micro moths, with a number of migrants from the continent just 27 miles away. We have a spare fridge in the garage for cooling moths.
During your moth adventure, enjoy our B&B's three-room suite! We provide an attractive twin-bed room with special en-suite bathroom. Guests also enjoy all to themselves a really comfortable, private conservatory breakfast-cum-living room, with splendid views of Dungeness, private entrance, and use of the patio and garden. Please note however that we only have the one suite, with its twin-bed room, but can nevertheless accommodate two more people on airbeds provided by us (plus bed linen). We serve a substantial and delicious continental breakfast. There is free, off-the-road parking.
We are in walking (or short driving) distance of a number of attractions. Please see our website for further details of the attractions and of our lovely B&B.
Name: Plovers B&B and Bird Tours
Type of accommodation: Bed & Breakfast
Address: 1 Toby Road, Lydd-on-Sea, Romney Marsh, Kent, TN29 9PG
Originally a fisherman`s retreat, Plovers is a detached Grade II listed cottage situated in a quiet location close to the beach at Lydd-on-Sea, and set within the Dungeness National Nature Reserve. B&B accommodation is provided (two en-suite bedrooms, a double and a twin bedded) with guests having access to a lounge and garden. Since 2006 we have been running our popular and fully inclusive Birdwatching Breaks and natural history tours, visiting sites across the Romney Marsh and Rye Harbour.
At Dungeness and the surrounding environs approximately 600 species of macro moths have been recorded down the years, which is roughly two thirds of the national total. Add to that over 100 species of Pyralidae, micro moths and it is easy to see why the shingle foreland of Dungeness is one the best places in the country for these fascinating creatures. Migrant moths from the near continent are regularly noted, along with local specialities such as White Spot, a unique race of Pale Grass Eggar and the famous Sussex Emerald.
At Plovers we operate two moth traps, a Skinner and a Robinson, from which we have recorded over 300 species of macro moths; we also have access to at least 10 other traps locally. A typical tour of the light traps during the summer months can yield several hundred moths, comprising anything up to 100 species.
For further details on the services we offer at Plovers please refer to our website, address listed below.
Proprietor: Paul and Pat Trodd