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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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10th Aug

Another very hot day and very few birds to be seen but they did include a Pied Flycatcher in the trapping area and six migrant Wheatears. A Tree Pipit and eight Yellow Wagtails flew over. Three Common Sandpipers were seen at the Long Pits in the morning and another five flew over after dark. Two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls came to bread at the fishing boats.

The moth traps struck gold this morning with a superb Bedstraw Hawkmoth being the obvious highlight and only the second Observatory record. Also of note were a Tree-lichen Beauty and a Rest Harrow.
Bedstraw Hawkmoth Hyles gallii   Dungeness   10th August 2020
A walk out after dark to check on the rare orthoptera of the area produced another outstanding chorus from the Tree Crickets along with four Sickle-bearing Tree Crickets. There were easily a hundred Ectobius montanus as well.

Ectobius montanus   Dungeness    10th August 2020

Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket Phanoptera falcata   female nymph   Dungeness   10th August 2020
I didn't realise when I was trying to to get this shot that there was also an Ectobius montanus in the image.