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Ongoing Excavation Works.

Please be aware that there are extensive ongoing excavation works around the Observatory until after Christmas. Please be very careful driving over the moat and note that parking may be difficult. We are, however, open for business and welcome anyone interested in winter birding around Dungeness.

4th May

Coverage of the sea for most of the day produced nine Common Eiders, two Black-throated Divers, a Shag, 102 Whimbrel, 11 Great Skuas, two Pomarine Skuas, six Arctic Skuas, five Mediterranean Gulls, 256 Arctic Terns, over 2500 "commic" Terns and 36 Little Terns.

Very quiet on the land with 25 "Greenland" Wheatears being about the best on offer.

Porpoises were feeding offshore in large numbers with at least 34 counted. A Grey Seal was also seen.

The nationally very rare Grey-backed Mining Bee Andrena vaga was found at the Long Pits and a Green Tiger Beetle was seen in the trapping area. A Grizzled Skipper was also found.
Grey-backed Mining Bee Andrena vaga   Dungeness   4th May 2018
The RSPB Reserve hosts the only known breeding colony of this species in Britain. There have been occasional records in the Observatory recording area in recent years and this is the third I am aware of for this year.