Bird-watching on the Thanet Coast

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You know us; we always like to shout about the Thanet Coast wherever possible! Our coast is an internationally important destination for birds, making birdwatching a fruitful experience all year round!

So what’s so special about this stretch of coastline that brings migratory birds all the way from High Arctic?! Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate and the coastal villages all have unique features which makes them a haven for wildlife. With some of the best examples of coastal wildlife habitats such as mudflats and saltmarshes, our region provides rich foraging and a temporary home for thousands of migratory and wintering wetland birds. These birds may travel thousands of miles to take advantage of our comparatively benign winter climate. Typical examples include Brent Goose from Siberia, Purple Sandpiper from Norway, Knot from Greenland, Turnstone from Canada and Sanderling from Iceland.

Have you ever wanted to discover more about the local birdlife but don’t know where to start? Due to popular demand, two new walks have been added to our already established programme run throughout summer and autumn. These new events are open to all and are tailored particularly to meet the needs of beginners. You’ll be given advice from expert birder, Tony Swandale, on how to identify birds and use binoculars, field guides and other birding equipment.

The first session will take place in Ramsgate Harbour on 16th December, an ideal pre-festive activity! Ramsgate is a good site for an introduction to coastal birds. To find out more about this event, and to book, click here.

Minnis Bay is the site for the second session on the 13th January and is a good excuse to get out walking after the Christmas over-indulgence, or if your resolution is simply to try something new! There is also the exciting possibility of seeing bird of prey such as a Merlin, Hen Harrier or Short-eared Owl. To find out more about this walk, and to book, click here.

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