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6th June

Not much to report on the bird front again with the only obvious migrant being a Grey Wagtail over the area.

Dragonflies seen today included two Variable Damselflies.

Variable Damselflfy Coenagrion pulchellum   Dungeness   6th June 2018
Although the weather has been unsuitable for nocturnal moth trapping for the last couple of nights it is still possible to find a few moths by day including Pammene regiana on the large Sycamore tree in the trapping area. A late Grizzled Skipper and a few ageing Brown Argus continue to be seen and a couple of Painted Ladies arrived. 
Pammene regiana   Dungeness   4th June 2018
The flowers are at their best with carpets of Bird's-foot Trefoil, Common Sorrel, Foxgloves, Nottingham Catchfly, Viper's Bugloss etc and a few oddities including Marsh Cinquefoil and a good showing of Common Broomrapes.
Marsh Cinquefoil Comarum palustre   Dungeness   4th June 2018

Common Broomrape Orobanche minor   Dungeness   6th June 2018
Offshore, at least eight Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding.

Visitors to the observatory can also partake in various other activities with our most recent guests spending some time fishing from the beach and catching good numbers of Sea Bass - all safely returned.
Sea Bass Dicentrachus labrax   Dungeness   6th June 2018  (Photo by Walter Brown)