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Ongoing Excavation Works.

Please be aware that there are extensive ongoing excavation works around the Observatory until after Christmas. Please be very careful driving over the moat and note that parking may be difficult. We are, however, open for business and welcome anyone interested in winter birding around Dungeness.

8th May

Seawatching was the main occupation again today in light NE winds and clear skies. Coverage from 0515 to 1800hrs produced a good total of 26 Pomarine Skuas along with four Shovelers, three Red-breasted Mergansers, six Black-throated Divers, eight Grey Plovers, 29 Whimbrels, just one Arctic Skua, two Little Gulls, two Mediterranean Gulls and a few terns moving east. Six Black Terns were feeding at the Patch. A Hobby also flew over the hide before departing back out to sea. 
It was very quiet on the land with just a singing Cuckoo and a Common Sandpiper at the Long Pits and a Tree Pipit flying through.
Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus   Dungeness   8th May 2016   A typical view.!

At least 12 Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore during the morning and a Stoat was seen on the land.

Several Grizzled Skippers and a Brimstone were seen and there was the first significant emergence of dragonflies with Red-eyed, Common Blue and Azure Damselflies, Hairy Hawker and Four-spotted Chaser all being seen for the first time this year.

Two more scarce plants are showing nicely in and around the trapping area at the moment are.Changing Forget-me-not and Small-flowered Buttercup. The latter can be found on the small vegetated banks which lead into the southern end of the trapping area.


Changing Forget-me-not Myosotis discolor (above) and Small-flowered Buttercup Ranunculus parviflora (below)