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We are glad to say that the Observatory is now clear and visitors are very welcome. We are very pleased to be accepting bookings at the Observatory. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we may request that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in. The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT'. However, we would request that you continue to observe safe practises and sanitiser and spray will continue to be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.

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7th May

Singles of Cuckoo, Whinchat and Spotted Flycatcher were about the only new migrants on the land whilst ten hours coverage of the sea today produced three Pomarine, eight  Arctic and one Great Skua and a lingering Black Tern of note. A Hobby also came in.

The warm weather is bringing out the butterflies with a Holly Blue in the Lighthouse Garden of note along with at least six Grizzled Skippers, two Green-veined Whites and two Red Admirals.
Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae   Dungeness    7th May 2016

Three Porpoise and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

I rarely come across newts in the recording area but I have been seeing the odd one recently in the still flooded temporary pools to the south side of the trapping area. Today though I was surprised to see at least 12 Smooth Newts Triturus vulgaris in the pools including several males in breeding colours.

Smooth Newt Triturus vulgaris   Dungeness   7th May 2016