8th June

Very quiet for birds with just ten Mediterranean Gulls seen during the day and a Corn Bunting flying over of note.

One Porpoise was seen offshore.

Butterflies included two Grizzled Skippers (one looking as if it had just emerged) and a tatty Brown Argus in the Observatory garden. Lots of Diamond-back Moths continue to be seen. The numbers of dragonflies remain low but the first Emperor Dragonfly of the year and 50 Red-eyed Damselflies were seen. A beetle was photographed at the Long Pits which turns out to be Donacia clavipes and classified as Notable B. (thanks to Mark Telfer for help with the identification.)
Donacia clavipes   Dungeness   8th June 2016
Flowers continue to provide plenty of interest. A search of the damp flushes to the east of the Long Pits found 1000's of plants of  Marsh Speedwell and a patch of at least 20 flowering Marsh Cinquefoils. This is possibly the first time since 1984 that it has been seen in flower in the Observatory area.

Marsh Speedwell Veronica scutellata    Dungeness    8th June 2016


Marsh Cinquefoil Potentilla palustris   Dungeness   8th June 2016