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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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A first-winter Glaucous Gull which has been seen for the last few days on the RSPB Reserve was found at the Patch this morning and the regular first-winter Caspian Gull was at the fishing boats again. Offshore movement was limited to 46 Brent Geese, a Great Skua and the first three Mediterranean Gulls of the year and at least 1200 Great Crested Grebes and 60 Razorbills were feeding offshore. A Firecrest was heard in the Moat.
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus juvenile Dungeness 6th January 2018
The recent storms have coincided with spring hide tides and have removed several metres of shingle from the beach in front of the power station and have seriously undermined the Patch Hide. Today contractors were on site to repair the damage and hopefully save the hide from disappearing into the sea when the next storm hits.