With very strong and cold easterly winds all the meaningful coverage was at sea. Over 5.5hrs of watching here produced two Gadwall, nine Wigeon, ten Eider, a Velvet Scoter, a Goldeneye, two Goosander, 16 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Black-throated Diver, a Red-necked Grebe, 2000 Gannets, seven Mediterranean Gulls and a Great Skua were noteworthy.
Singles of Grey Seal, Common Seal and a Porpoise were seen offshore.
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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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