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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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29th July

With calm conditions this morning the first reasonable arrival of Willow Warblers occurred with around 60 birds in the area. However, there was very little else in the way of grounded migrants. A party of eight Redshanks flew west over the trapping area this morning and this evening a Little Ringed Plover flew south along the beach. 

Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore again.

Dragonflies provided plenty of interest today with our third-ever Willow Emerald seen in the trapping area this morning and then a Lesser Emperor seen in the Moat in the afternoon. Two male Small Red-eyed Damselflies were also seen at the Long Pits again.
Lesser Emperor Anax parthenope   Dungeness   29th July 2020
A check of the "cricket patch" at dusk produced six nymphs of Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets and a few brief bursts of Tree Cricket song was heard. Two Small Red-eyed Danselflies were seen a the southern end of the Long Pits. In addition, at least ten of the recently identified cockroach Ectobius montanus were seen among clubrush in one of the old bomb craters in the same area.