Another fine and warm day and not much to report in the way of birds. Two Mediterranean Gulls were feeding at the Patch but migration on the land appears to be at a virtual standstill. A Hobby was hunting in the Desert.
Six Porpoises were feeding offshore and two Brown Hares were seen on the land.
A Red-eared Terrapin was sunning itself at the Long Pits.
Five Brown Argus and 20 Painted Ladies were of note among the butterflies and the first Speckled Wood for some time was also seen. The warm overnight conditions produced good numbers of moths in the trap but nothing of any great note. The first Emperor Dragonflies of the summer were seen.
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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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