The day started with decent weather but heavy rain set in from mid-morning and when this cleared through it turned very foggy so observations were fairly limited. A brief check of the sea this afternoon revealed two Arctic Skuas and two Mediterranean Gulls but very little else was seen during the day.
The warm and calm conditions overnight produced the best moth catch of the year so far with notable records including two Seraphims, a totally melanic Peppered Moth, three Shoulder-striped Wainscots and the fifth Observatory record of Obscure Wainscot. Over 500 Diamond-back Moths were also trapped.
Three Porpoises were feeding offshore.
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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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