A Balearic Shearwater and two Mediterranean Gulls flew west this morning with another two Mediterranean Gulls and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull feeding at the Patch. Quiet on the land although a flock of six Grey Herons came in from the east and 100 Swifts flew over.
At least eight Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
A Red-eared Terrapin was seen at the Long Pits.
Good numbers of butterflies were seen with 1000+ Small Skippers and at least 20 Essex Skippers of particular note. A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was seen coming on off the sea whilst the moth traps produced singles of Black-neck, Bordered Straw and Pearly Underwing and 17 Diamond-back Moths of note.
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Corona Virus Update
Following discussions with other Observatories and taking advice from the RSPB we are not allowed to open the hides yet to visitors as we cannot put in place the necessary protocols to keep staff and visitors safe. We will have to remain closed to overnight visitors for the foreseeable future. Day visitors are welcome to call into the garden, as long as Covid-19 protocols are observed. We are still operating our monitoring programme. Please think carefully about Social Distancing before approaching our Wardens. Please forward any Dungeness records to the Warden.
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