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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.
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.