Dungeness – A post-apocalyptic wildlife reserve?

A nuclear power station. A surreal and bleak landscape. An internationally important wildlife reserve?

The landscape

It is truly bizarre -reminding me of the art of Yves Tanguy. Walking in the shadow of an enormous nuclear power station intensifies the sense that it is a post-apocalyptic or abandoned land. But… it is also an aesthete’s paradise…

The wildlife

The fuzzy images above are of one of Britain’s rarest indigenous birds of prey: the Marsh Harrier. In the early seventies, there was only one remaining pair in the UK. Now, whilst still a rare sight, there are over 350 pairs.

Dungeness is a fantastic site to view rare and interesting birds and wildlife. Aside from the shots I got of the Marsh Harriers, below are some other photos I took of: a Reed Bunting with its mouth full; a juvenile Oyster Catcher looking rather out-of-place on a man-made nesting station full of young terns; and, a Small Copper butterfly on some unidentified wild flowers.

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4 thoughts on “Dungeness – A post-apocalyptic wildlife reserve?

  1. Pingback: Sand, shingle, and sky… and a Great White | iago80

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