Thick fog and calm seas resulted in almost no movement offshore and just a very small arrival of migrants on the land including a few Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and Meadow Pipits and three Firecrests. A Little Grebe on the sea was an unusual sighting.
The Dungeness peninsula is also important for its lichen populations. These images show one of the more heavily laden Blackthorn bushes at the Long Pits.
Other birds seen around the peninsula during the week include one of the Long-eared Owls still in the bushes behind the Dipping Pond on the Reserve, Black-necked Grebes on New Diggings and at Scotney and two Slavonian Grebes also on New Diggings. A couple of Great White Egrets remain in the general area..
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Corona Virus Update
Following discussions with other Observatories and taking advice from the RSPB we are not allowed to open the hides yet to visitors as we cannot put in place the necessary protocols to keep staff and visitors safe. We will have to remain closed to overnight visitors for the foreseeable future. Day visitors are welcome to call into the garden, as long as Covid-19 protocols are observed. We are still operating our monitoring programme. Please think carefully about Social Distancing before approaching our Wardens. Please forward any Dungeness records to the Warden.
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