2016 Report

Our 2016 Report is now available from the Observatory for £8.00 plus P&P if needed. Please contact the Warden: dungenessobs@vfast.co.uk

19th Apr

With clear skies, no wind and very warm it was a day of quality rather than quantity with our first House Martin, four "Continental "Coal Tits, four Firecrests, a Ring Ouzel and two Bramblings being the best on offer on the land whilst a Red Kite and six Buzzards flew over. The sea was watched for most of the day for relatively few birds but they did include four Garganey, 16 Manx Shearwaters,  a Black-throated Diver, five Black-necked Grebes, 66 Whimbrel, four Great and 15 Arctic Skuas, 122 Little Gulls and 32 Arctic Terns. Three Marsh Harriers also came in from the south.

The flat sea provided excellent conditions for watching the Porpoises with a new record of a minimum of 88 being counted.





Harbour Porpoise Pochoena phocena   Dungeness   19th April 2018

A Red-eared Terrapin was seen at the Long Pits were an example of the very rare mining bee Andrena vaga was also found.