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
We are very pleased to be planning on opening the Observatory to visitors with numbers being limited because of shared facilities. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we will be requesting that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in. The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT' from May 18th. However, The 'Rule of 6' applies and face coverings are still mandatory in the hides. Sanitiser and spray will be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.
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