Another day of fierce and very cold winds and odd flurries of snow. There were a few signs of cold-weather movement with a Gadwall on the Long Pits, eight Red-breasted Mergansers passing offshore and two Lapwings and four Snipes on the ground. Large number of gulls at the Patch included the regular Glaucous Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull.
The severe weather is taking its toll on the Observatory buildings with various water pipes freezing up overnight. Thanks to Chris Philpott and Gill Hollamby for coming to our rescue with help repairing the burst pipes, getting the water flowing again and bringing in extra heaters and emergency supplies of water. However, until this spell of cold weather ends the toilet facilities remain out of order.
Today also saw Jacques Turner-Moss taking up his position as Assistant Warden for the coming year.
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Corona Virus Update
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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