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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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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