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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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The Trustees.

9th January


A return to the windy conditions limited observations to the beach again where a three hour watch this morning saw an interesting movement of birds including an Eider, three Red-breasted Mergansers, 29 Red-throated Diver, another Great Northern Diver, 106 Gannets, three Great Skuas, 23 Little Gulls and 72 Razorbills whilst a Velvet Scoter and an Arctic Skua were lingering offshore. In the afternoon another Great Skua came onto the beach to partake of the offerings put out to attract the gulls. It was oiled and clearly not 100% but feeding well enough and able to keep Great Black-backed Gulls at bay so hopefully it will survive. A Pintail also flew west in the afternoon and the regular first-winter Caspian Gull was present throughout the day. 

A Grey Seal was also seen.




Great Skua Stercorarius skua   Dungeness   9th January 2016
Elsewhere, at least one of the Penduline Tits was seen again from the viewing ramp at Hookers Pit on the RSPB Reserve.