Despite the considerable change in the weather it was still a very quiet on the land with just a couple of Garden Warblers, five Lesser Whitethroats and a Sedge Warbler in the bushes whilst a Buzzard, 30 Yellow Wagtails, two Tree Pipits and a Crossbill flew over.
Very quiet offshore.
Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.
Good numbers of butterflies were seen including 18 Brown Argus, a Holly Blue and a Smal Copper of the variety radiata. Moth trapping overnight showed a slight improvement in numbers with Orange Swift and Cypress Pug being the best on offer.
An evening visit to the Desert produced six Sickle-bearing Bush Crickets and lots of Tree Crickets in the usual locations.
A Red-eared Terrapin was seen again in the Southern Long Pit.
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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.