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13th February

Very little coverage in the Observatory area due to miserable weather. A check of the beach this morning revealed the usual first winter Glaucous Gull still present.
Click here for some video of the Glaucous Gull

A wet and windy walk along the beach at the end of Dengemarsh Road checking the strandline found four clusters of Goose Barnacles attached to a variety of polystyrene floating objects and large numbers of empty Sand Gaper or Soft-shelled Clam Mya arenaria.
Goose Barnacles, strandline and Sand Gapers at Dengemarsh

However, on returning to the car we spotted a patch of Goose Barnacles which had been scraped off and onto the roadside. Checking through these we were rewarded with finding two Columbus Crabs Planes minutus. Unfortunately they were dead but this meant that we were able to collect them and they can now be seen at the Observatory.


Columbus Crab Planes minutus   Dungeness   13th February 2016