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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.

25th August

A blisteringly hot day with no breeze resulted in a few grounded migrants including ten Lesser Whitethroats, two Pied Flycatchers, two Spotted Flycatchers and five Whinchats but still hardly any Willow Warblers. Small numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins trickled through during the day and two Tree Pipits, 95 Yellow Wagtails and two Tree Sparrows were also of note.
The sea was very slow in the flat conditions with just two lingering Arctic Skuas of any interest.

Seven Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

It was easily the best night of the year for moths with the Observatory traps producing Dusky Hook-tip (4th Observatory record), The Gem, Clay Triple-lines, Cypress Pug, Jersey Tiger and Scarce Bordered Straw of note among the macro moths whilst three Hummingbird Hawkmoths were also seen during the day.

Dusky Hook-tip Drepana curvatula, Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera and Jersey Tiger Euplagia quadripunctaria   Dungeness 

A Holly Blue was flying in the Old Lighthouse Garden. Large numbers of Common Blues, Brown Argus and Small Coppers can still be seen. Two Small Coppers of the form radiata were also seen.

Another check for rare orthoptera this afternoon was surprisingly productive with five Sickle-bearing Bush Crickets including two new individuals being found.

Sickle-bearing Bush crickets Phaneroptera falcata   Dungeness   25th August 2016