Very quiet on the land but seawatching produced 764 Gannets, seven Fulmars and five Mediterranean Gulls.
A Grey Seal and a Porpoise were also seen.
Four Essex Skippers were seen amongst the hundreds of Small Skippers and three very fresh second-brood Brown Argus were found. Two Hummingbird Hawk-moths were seen during the day whilst the moths trapped overnight included a Privet Hawk-moth, two Sussex Emeralds, two White Satins, the the pyralids Phycita roborella, Sitochroa palealis and Eudonia lacustrata. The first Brown Hawker dragonfly of the summer was also seen at the Long Pits.
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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.