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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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Thank You for your understanding in these difficult times.
The Trustees.

20th Apr


A calm, cold and clear morning meant there were very few migrants in the bushes or overhead so it was a bit of a surprise when a Serin flew over the Observatory this morning.
Seawatching was also fairly slow but birds of note included three Black-throated Divers, 11 Whimbrel, four Arctic Skuas, a Great Skua and eight Mediterranean Gulls. The first-winter Iceland Gull was still at the Patch.

Butterflies included six Grizzled Skippers and a Hairy Dragonfly was also seen.

Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae   Dungeness   20th April 2017
The colony of Early Purple Orchids have done well this year and are looking very nice at the moment alongside the access road to the Observatory. 



Early Purple Orchids Orchis mascula   Dungeness   20th April 2017
Five Porpoises and "the" Grey Seal were seen.