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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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Thank You for your understanding in these difficult times.
The Trustees.

1st June

The first day of Meteorological Summer apparently. You could have fooled me. Another cold, damp and windy day with very little to show for a fair amount of time spent in the field.
'The' first-summer gull was at the Patch again this afternoon and I am now fairly happy that it is a Herring x Glaucous hybrid but watch this space as I will probably have changed my mind again by tomorrow!  Two Mediterranean Gulls were also feeding at the Patch.

For a couple of videoclips of the gull click here and here.

There was nothing of note in the bushes.

The weather of late has prevented any attempts at moth trapping but a search around the Observatory and Moat produced 100 Diamond-backed Moths Plutella xylostella in about 20 minutes this afternoon. There appears to have been a massive arrival of this migrant moth across the country in the last few days.

Two Porpoises and two Grey Seals were seen offshore.