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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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The Trustees.

3rd August


Most of the day's interest was offshore where eight hours of seawatching produced five Manx Shearwaters, a Whimbrel, three Great Skuas, two Mediterranean Gulls, five Black Terns, a Little Tern and 517 Common Terns, mostly moving west.

There was a small arrival of 20 Willow Warblers on the land and a handful of Swifts and Sand Martins flew south.

Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen.

A few days ago a patch of Branched Bur-reed was found on the spine of the northern Long Pit. Having checked through the records I was surprised to discover that it was last recorded in the Observatory area in 1973.

Branched Bur-reed  Spargania erectum    Dungeness