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We are glad to say that the Observatory is now clear and visitors are very welcome.
We are very pleased to be accepting bookings at the Observatory. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we may request that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in.
The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT'. However, we would request that you continue to observe safe practises and sanitiser and spray will continue to be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.
Please forward any Dungeness recording area records to the Warden.
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With the wind freshening from the south from early morning most of the interest was offshore where four hours of watching produced two Great Skuas, 77 Kittiwakes, two Mediterranean Gulls, a Little Gull and nearly 1900 auks of which 1476 were identified as Razorbills all moving west. In addition 67 Brent Geese flew east.The first-winter Glaucous and Caspian Gulls were still present. A Woodcock was caught in the moat in the afternoon. A Grey Seal was also feeding offshore.
WoodcockScolopax rusticola Dungeness 21st January 2016
The Bird Observatories Council has just published its second annual newsletter with illustrated summaries of the 2015 season from all the British Bird Observatories. It is a great read and gives an insight into the rich variety of wildlife being seen and the varied work being carried out by all the different observatories across the country. It is freely available here