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Corona Virus Update

Following discussions with other Observatories and taking advice from the RSPB we are not allowed to open the hides yet to visitors as we cannot put in place the necessary protocols to keep staff and visitors safe. We will have to remain closed to overnight visitors for the foreseeable future. Day visitors are welcome to call into the garden, as long as Covid-19 protocols are observed. We are still operating our monitoring programme. Please think carefully about Social Distancing before approaching our Wardens. Please forward any Dungeness records to the Warden.
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Thank You for your understanding in these dificult times.
The Trustees.

7th Jan

The sea continues to provide most of the interest in a variety of forms today. The outstanding count this morning was of 7,305 Cormorants flying inland from Lade Bay and into the roost on Burrowes Pit. Guillemots were still present in large numbers but other seabird numbers were well down on recent mornings.
Whilst watching at the fishing boats a Great Black-backed Gull managed to fly into an anglers fishing line. It was quickly caught, disentangled and brought back to the Observatory where it was ringed and released none the worse for its minor ordeal.


Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus   first-winter   Dungeness   7th January 2019
Two Firecrests and two Stonechats were the best of the birds seen in the trapping area.

Having ended 2018 with a new moth species for the Observatory it was a surprise to catch another Spring Usher overnight

For the second time in the last week a group of immigrants made landfall at the Point. On this occasion they left their brand new boat and engine high and dry before they headed for Lydd where they were later apprehended by Immigration and Police Officers.
Immigrant's boat and officials looking on.