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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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27th May

The sea improved a bit today with the early morning watch producing an Arctic Skua, 328 Common Terns and 14 Black Terns passing through and followed in the evening by a Shag, four Mediterranean Gulls and two Little Terns.  
A Serin flying around the New Lighthouse for a while was the highlight of an otherwise very quiet day on the land.

At least 17 Porpoises and two Grey Seals were seen offshore.

With the warm and sunny weather there were plenty of butterflies on the wing with five Grizzled Skippers, 28 Brown Argus and 140 Common Blues of note.
Brown Argus Lycaena phlaes   Dungeness   27th May 2018
There were also large numbers of dragonflies to be seen with the first two Black-tailed Skimmers of the year being seen and some spectacular gatherings of Four-spotted Chasers in the reed bed.
Four-spotted Chasers Libellula quadrimaculata   Dungeness   27th May 2018
A Dutch Iris was found flowering again at the Long Pits having been added to the area list as recently as 2016. 
Dutch Iris Iris hollandica   Long Pits   27th May 2018