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Corona Virus Update

We are glad to say that the Observatory is now clear and visitors are very welcome. We are very pleased to be accepting bookings at the Observatory. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we may request that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in. The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT'. However, we would request that you continue to observe safe practises and sanitiser and spray will continue to be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.

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7th May

Another day lacking common migrants but still with some notable birds overhead including a party of four Red Kites, three Buzzards and a Bee-eater as well as a Spotted Flycatcher and two Siskins. Many hours of seawatching produced the highlights of 13 Pomarine Skuas  along with a Shag, 21 Fulmars, 13 Sanderlings, four Great Skuas, five Arctic Skuas, 13 Mediterranean Gulls, 229 Sandwich Terns, 727 Common Tern, a flock of 13 Arctic Terns and eight Little Terns.
Red Kite Milvus milvus   Dungeness   7th May 2020
Six Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Two Terrapins were seen  at the Long Pits.

Insects of note included our third Hister quadrimculatus (a beetle) of the year, a Denticulated Leatherbug and at least 54 examples of the (formerly rare) shieldbug Geotomus (petiti.?) 

Hister quadrimaculatus   Dungeness  7th May 2020
Geotomus species   44 live specimens  Dungeness   7th May 2020