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2016 Report

Our 2016 Report is now available from the Observatory for £8.00 plus P&P if needed. Please contact the Warden: dungenessobs@vfast.co.uk

Moth Licences for 'Friends'

Friends of Dungeness Moth Licences
With the changes in permission for moth trapping in the area around the Long Pits, Dungeness, we are very pleased to announce that we have 2 moth licences for use by 'Friends' of the Observatory. Please contact the Warden for more information.

18th June

Not much to report other than an adult Mediterranean Gull feeding at the Patch and a few Swifts passing overhead.

17th June

Three Mediterranean Gulls were seen at the Patch.

A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.

16th June

Three Mediterranean Gulls were feeding at the Patch this morning but not a great deal else of interest was seen.

A Common Seal and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

A Figure of Eighty moth was trapped overnight which is (perhaps surprisingly) only the 15th Observatory record and the first since 2011.
Figure of Eighty Tethea ocularis   Dungeness   17th June 2018

15th June

Not a great deal to report although coverage was a bit limited today. A Mediterranean Gull was the best of the few birds offshore whilst 170 Swifts passed south-west.

Two Porpoises were feeding offshore.

14th June

A cold, damp and windy morning restricted observations on the land but a bit of seawatching produced six Manx Shearwaters and three Arctic Skuas passing through and four Mediterranean Gulls were feeding at the Patch. Ninety Swifts also flew overhead.

Two Porpoises were feeding offshore.

13th June

Four Buzzards flew over the Observatory and a Mediterranean Gulls was feeding at the Patch.

12th June

Another quiet day on the land in dull and cold conditions and a fresh NE wind. A Hobby was seen at the fishing boats and 33 Swifts flew over.

There was little actual movement offshore but the Patch held eight Mediterranean Gulls and two Little Terns of note.

11th June

Very little to be seen other than the breeding birds.

A quick check for Rest Harrow moths produced at least 50 individuals in a few minutes of searching.

10th June

Very quiet on the land with just the regular birds being seen but a visit to the Patch produced two first-summer Mediterranean Gulls, four Little Terns and an Arctic Tern. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was feeding with the usual gulls at the Fish Shack this afternoon.

A Brown Hare was seen.

Pyramidal Orchids are starting to flower in front of the Observatory.

Ten Painted Ladies and four Brown Argus were seen and another Variable Damselfly was found at the Long Pits. Over the last couple of years I have been making regular searches of large patches of forget-me-not in the hope finding the host-specific shieldbug and today I think I have finally found a brood of first-instar larvae of Sehirus luctuosus.
Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum   Dungeness  10th June 2018
Forget-me-not Shieldbug Sehirus luctuosus   Dungeness   10th June 2018.
Note these are very small, c1.5mm in length, and are first-instar larvae. .