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25th July

There was a small arrival of Willow Warblers with at least ten in the area whilst 360 Swifts and a Yellow Wagtail passed overhead. Five Black Terns and nearly 400 Gannets moving west offshore were of note and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was seen at the fishing boats.

Three Porpoises and a Common Seal were feeding offshore. 

The moth traps produced a few migrants including nine Dark Sword-grass whilst two Hummingbird Hawk-moths were feeding in the moat and two Clouded Yellows were also seen.

A Southern Oak Bush-cricket was also attracted to the lights whilst a search of the main "rare" cricket breeding area produced a nymph Tree Cricket.


Tree Cricket Oecanthus pellucens   nymph   Dungeness   25th July 2017