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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.

22nd July

Four Willow Warblers and a small increase in Reed Warbler numbers were noted whilst a few Sand Martins and 11 Yellow Wagtails passed overhead.
Very quiet offshore with just one Mediterranean Gull and a party of three Little Terns of note.

Four Porpoises were seen.

Singles of the pyralids Udea ferrugalis and Nomophila noctuella and a Dark Sword-grass were the only obvious migrants in the moth trap whilst another True Lover's Knot and the uncommon pyralid Sitochroa palealis were also of note.

A check this evening for rare crickets produced just Grey Bush-crickets and Long-winged Coneheads and a few Lesser Cockroaches whilst a check of the sleeper line on the way back produced three examples of the scarce beetle Helops caerulea
Helops caerulea   Dungeness   22nd July 2016