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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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20th Apr

There was a small arrival of migrants today with 40 Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaffs and 25 Lesser Whitethroats making up the bulk of the numbers whilst the first Sedge and Garden Warblers of the year were seen along with a singing Nightingale and four Firecrests. A Tree Pipit and a Yellow Wagtail also flew over and two Bramblings were also feeding at the seed feeders but the main event of the day occurred in late morning when a flock of 17 Red Kites, a Buzzard and two Sparrowhawks  flew down to the Point before turning and eventually headed off in a northerly direction.

Red Kite Milvis milvus   Dungeness   20th April 2018
Part of a remarkable flock of 17 birds which circled over the Point for a time this morning.
The first few hours also produced a bit of sea passage with 32 Little Gulls and five Great Skuas before it petered out.

Porpoises continue to entertain in the flat calm conditions with at least 40 feeding offshore.

A good range of butterflies were seen today including the first Large White, Painted Lady and Speckled Woods of the year.

The warm weather is encouraging the flowers of the Point to blossom with Common Dog Violet and Blackthorn looking particularly attractive at the moment.
Blackthorn Prunus spinosa    Dungeness   20th April 2018 (Gill Hollamby)

Common Dog Violet Viola riviniana   Dungeness   20th April 2018 (Gill Hollamby)
Of note elsewhere was a Cattle Egret with the cattle at Dengemarsh on the RSPB Reserve.