After a damp and dreary start it eventually cleared a bit but as it did so the wind also increased. It was fairly quiet offshore during the morning but in the afternoon there were lots more birds offshore with large numbers of gulls, 50 Wigeon, around 2000 auks and a second-winter Mediterranean Gull whilst the regular first-winter Caspian Gull was seen at various times during the day.
A Grey Seal was seen offshore but unfortunately there are reports of a Porpoise being washed up in a fishing net at Lade and also "several" healthy-looking individuals being stranded and dying on the beach near the Lifeboat Station after the storms two nights ago.
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Corona Virus Update
We are very pleased to be planning on opening the Observatory to visitors with numbers being limited because of shared facilities. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we will be requesting that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in. The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT' from May 18th. However, The 'Rule of 6' applies and face coverings are still mandatory in the hides. Sanitiser and spray will be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.
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