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
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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