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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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The Trustees.

29th Sep

More wind, more rain and more seawatching. Six hours of recording produced an Eider, three Balearic Shearwaters, ten (including a flock of seven) Sooty Shearwaters, 220 Gannets, five Golden Plovers, another Grey Phalarope, 1700 Sandwich Terns, a Great Skua, 79 Arctic Skuas and 47 Razorbills. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was feeding along the beach and two Merlins and 79 Swallows were also seen.

Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Goose Barnacles are washing ashore on floating debris in large numbers.

The Common Tern showing features of the Siberian race longipennis was still present on the RSPB Reserve but managed to disappear for long periods. The best places to look for it are from the Hanson Hide at ARC or from Dennis's Hide looking towards the causeway between Burrowes and New Diggings. Mike Buckland managed to get some excellent photos of the bird in flight and four are reproduced here. Check out his blog at  for lots more images.

Common Tern Sterna hirundo possibly of the Siberian subspecies longipennis   
RSPB Reserve   29th September 2019  (Many thanks to Mike Buckland for use of these images)