Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
The moth traps were very quiet (too cold overnight) but this morning a mating pair of Hummingbird Hawkmoths were found on the power station wall. Of note among the butterflies were at least 30 Brown Argus and five Speckled Bush-crickets were found in the observatory garden.
|Hummingbird Hawkmoths Macroglossom stellatarum Dungeness 12th July 2017
Yesterday afternoon I came across an unfamiliar umbellifer growing on the bank of the spine at the northern Long Pit. Having checked it against reference books it appears to be Lesser Water-parsnip Berula erecta and is a new species for the Observatory recording area and with only one old record for the greater Dungeness area.
|Lesser Water-parsnip Berula erecta Dungeness 13th July 2017