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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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28th May



A very quiet morning in the trapping area was enlivened from 0800hrs by the finding of a superb red Common Rosefinch. It then showed on and off for most of the day either at the south-western corner of the trapping area or in the moat and was frequently singing. This is the 12th Observatory record and the first since 2010. Little else was noted other than a Black Tern at the Patch and a Cuckoo..

Three Grizzled Skippers and a Brown Argus were also seen.

Click here for a bit of shaky video of the Common Rosefinch.

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus   Dungeness   28th May 2016
I have also just received some nice images of the Laughing Gull from Keith Gabriel - one of which is shown below.

Laughing Gull and admirers   Dungeness    26th May 2016 (Keith Gabriel)