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16th June

Fewer Manx Shearwaters today but still a very respectable total of 62 being seen during the morning. A Great Skua, five Fulmars and 167 Gannets were also seen.

Two Porpoise and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

Six Norfolk Hawkers were seen in the Trapping Area and a Lunar Hornet Moth came to a lure.

15th June

The strong wind continued as did the movement of Manx Shearwaters with 145 seen. A Spotted Flycatcher was seen on the land. 

Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

14th June

A strong WxSW wind blew through the night and for much of the day and resulted in a surprisingly good movement of Manx Shearwaters with 298 passing west during the morning. Other bits on the sea included three Mediterranean Gulls and an Arctic Skua of note. Very quiet on the land with just a Cuckoo of interest.

The highlight on the mammal front was a Grey Squirrel seen in the trapping area  More typically, four Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Two Norfolk Hawker dragonflies and a Holly Blue butterfly were seen in the Trapping Area.

13th June

A party of Crossbills flew over but went unseen and six Mediterranean Gulls and an adult hybrid Mediterranean Gull x Black-headed Gull were feeding offshore.

A Grey Seal was feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen in the Desert.

Three Norfolk Hawkers were seen in the Trapping Area.

On the butterfly front, a Grizzled Skipper was seen along with both Large and Small Skippers.

12th June

A Grey Partridge was seen at the Long Pits while 45 Swifts, two Sand Martins and three Corn Buntings flew over.

A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.

One Scarce Emerald damselfly and three Norfolk Hawkers were seen. 

11th June

Very quiet on the land with just a Lapwing overhead of note.

A Brown Hare was seen in the Desert, three Porpoises were feeding offshore and several families of Foxes can be seen around the area.

Brown Hare Lepus europeaus   Dungeness   11th June 2024

Fox Vulpes vulpes   cub   Dungeness   11th June 2024

On the insect front a couple of Rest Harrow moths were seen during the day and a Scarce Emerald Damselfly and two Norfolk Hawkers were seen again.


10th June

A cloudy, damp morning produced 400 Swifts overhead and a Spotted Flycatcher in the trapping area. A pair of Great Crested Grebes have nested at the Long Pits and now have three young in tow.


Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus   Long Pits   10th June 2024

Two Scarce Emerald Damselflies and three Norfolk Hawkers were seen in the Trapping Area.


Scarce Emerald Damselfly Lestes dryas   female   Dungeness   100624


9th June

A Cuckoo, a Hobby and a Bittern "booming" at the northern end of the recording area were the only birds of note.

Three Grizzled Skippers were seen in the Trapping Area whilst a remarkable five Norfolk Hawkers and an immature male Scarce Emerald Damselfly were of great note. 

Norfolk Hawker Aeshna isoceles   Dungeness   9th June 2024


Scarce Emerald Damselfly Lestes dryas   Dungeness   9th June 2024



8th June

 A Buzzard over the area was the only noteworthy bird to be seen.

7th June

Quiet with just two Mediterranean Gulls offshore and two Buzzards overhead.

Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen on the land.

At least five Norfolk Hawkers were seen around the Trapping Area.


Norfolk (or Green-eyed) Hawkmoth Aeshna isoceles  Dungeness   7th June 2024