SBBOT Field Centre
Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust (SBBOT)
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Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Field Centre aims to both educate & entertain all visitors to this wonderful area.
Our Field Centre is located on the Kent coastline in the Sandwich and Hacklinge SSSI, the large floodplain of the river Stour that nestles between the White Cliffs of Dover to the south and the Isle of Thanet to the north. It is the base for the ongoing work of Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust, which has been recording all aspects of the wildlife of Sandwich Bay for over 50 years.
The primary function of the Trust is that of an accredited Bird Observatory, monitoring migration and carrying out a scientific programme of bird ringing, in support of many national and international projects. We also have particular interests in the butterflies, dragonflies and unique flora of the area, which includes many rare species of orchid (please see sightings for the most recent news and what to see for more general information). This work is carried out by our warden, Ian Hodgson, with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers.
We have a programme of weekly events for members and non-members including walks, talks and workshops; please see our events for more information. The Field Centre is a modern well equipped building with accommodation for all visitors to the area and other facilities including a well stocked shop for naturalists.
As an independent charity we rely on the support of our members and volunteers to maintain the Field Centre (open 10.00 – 16.00, 7 days a week) and our reserves. New members and visitors are always welcome, however please note that there is a charge of £1 at the tollgate for non-members.