The bird of the day was a Wood Warbler which spent a short time in the Moat around mid-day. A scatter of other migrants included a party of four Grey Herons, five Willow Warblers, a Grey Wagtail and three Yellow Wagtails.
Three Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was also seen.
A Lesser Emperor dragonfly was seen at the northern end of the Long Pits and 25 Small Red-eyed Damselflies were gathered at the southern end of the Long Pits with several pairs in copulation and egg-laying. The highlight among the butterflies was a Clouded Yellow. A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was seen in front of the Observatory.
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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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