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Sunset Walk and Stargazing at RSPB Dungeness

As day turns to night here at RSPB Dungeness, come and explore what takes place in our skies on a winters evening.

Starting with a guided walk around the reserve, you will have a chance to see wildlife that comes out to play at dusk such as marsh harriers, owls, bats and badgers as well as witness and enjoy, a fantastic sunset (hopefully!).

Then, what better way to finish the evening, with a spot of stargazing, which will leave you awestruck by the sheer size and beauty of the night sky. With the help and guidance from the Ashford Astronomical Society, they will share their tips on how to get the most out of an evening under the stars including how to spot objects with the naked eye or through binoculars.

You may get the opportunity to see the Pleiades Cluster or view planets such as Jupiter, Saturn and Mars and if conditions are very good there could be views of various globular clusters, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Ring Nebula or the planet Uranus.

Please note: Unfortunately, we can't guarantee that the stars will be visible on the day of the event. However we do have a contingency plan in place for this situation,

FAQs

Where is the meeting point?

Meet the guide inside the visitor centre for 3pm, this is where you will get checked in and introduced before starting the walk. You can also hire some binoculars from £3 to help you make the most of the event.

Is the event accessible to all?

Most of our trail's terrain around the reserve is compact shingle. We have 4 blue badge parking space in the car park and our toilets include disabled and baby changing facilities which can be found opposite the visitor centre.

For more information on the reserve accessibility follow the link below:

RSPB Dungeness | Accessibility Guide

Will the event be cancelled if its cloudy?

The event will still go ahead even if the sky is cloudy. We have a contingency plan in place for this situation with the Ashford Astronomical Society.

We will cancel the event if there is a weather warning issued.

What can I bring into the event?

We recommend suitable and appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear as well as a torch. Please bring your own binoculars if you have them, or you can hire them at an additional cost from the reserve. You may wish to carry a drink and/or snack.

Are dogs allowed at this event?

No dogs, except registered assistance dogs, are allowed at this event. Thank you.

What's the refund policy?

If we cancel an event for any reason, you will receive a refund.

Should you need to cancel, then you will receive a refund up to three days before the event, after which no refund is available. Cancellations must be made by calling us on 01797 320588 or by email: dungeness@rspb.org.uk.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please bring your ticket or email confirmation with you. RSPB members should bring their membership cards with them.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

You can transfer your booking to another event up to one week before the event.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Please include the names of all people who will be attending when making a booking.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email Dungeness@rspb.org.uk or call us on 01797 320588 for further details. All bookings must be made online.

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