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2016 Report

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16th June

A couple of unusual records today with 51 Manx Shearwaters moving up channel in 2.5hrs this morning and a White-fronted Goose feeding among the Sea Kale on the beach for a time. Three Mediterranean Gulls and 744 Gannets were also seen.

Five Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The number of moths in the traps was quite low but did include our sixth record of Small Ranunculus.

Small Ranunculus Hecatera dysodea   Dungeness   16th June 2017.
A quick search of the beach around the New Lighthouse produced a few plants of Sea Pea still in flower.

Sea Pea Lathyrus japonicus   Dungeness   16th June 2017
Finally, Barry Banson caught a rare pyralid moth, Nascia cilialis, in his garden at Greatstone overnight, 
Nascia cilialis   Greatstone   16th June 2017