Another day of miserable weather with strong and cold N by NNE winds and heavy cloud. The highlight of the day was the short visit in mid-afternoon by the adult Laughing Gull to the Patch before it was flushed by dogwalkers and it flew off in a westerly direction. Eight Mediterranean Gulls and a Little Tern were also of note at the Patch whilst seawatching revealed a strong westerly movement of Gannets but not much else.
Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
Although the overnight weather conditions were poor the moth trap was still operated but only six moths were trapped including a single Diamond-backed Moth. However the walk between the two hides on the beach produced a count of another 400 and there must be thousands in the area as they are being reported in huge numbers across the country.
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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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