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2016 Report

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29th June

Quiet on the land apart from 175 Swift feeding over the Power Station. Seawatching produced three Balearic Shearwaters, 82 Gannets, 38 Common Scoter, Whimbrel, three Mediterranean Gulls and 83 Sandwich Tern including a nice group feeding at point blank range off the point.

Sixty White-beaked Dolphin were seen three miles offshore, a Grey Seal and two Porpoise were seen from land.

Two Scarce Black Arches, the fourth and fifth Observatory records, were the highlights out of 117 species from the Moth traps whilst in the trapping area a Lunar Hornet Moth was found. An impressive Puss Moth caterpillar was also found.
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis   Dungeness   29th June 2017 (Lee Gregory)

Scarce Black Arches  Nola aerugula (right) and Kent Black Arches Meganola albula   Dungeness   28th June 2017 (Lee Gregory)

Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides   Dungeness   28th June 2017 (Lee Gregory)

Puss Moth Cerura vinula   Dungeness 29th June 2017 (Lee Gregory)