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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.

13th July

A small movement of birds on the land with three Whimbrels, a Cuckoo and 48 Sand Martins overhead and single juvenile Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls  at the Patch. This evening there was a large feeding flock of Gannnets offshore which attracted a Manx Shearwater into the frenzy.

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