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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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6th May

Just four Willow Warblers, a Ring Ouzel and four Corn Buntings were seen in the bushes and three Buzzards flew over. Fairly quiet offshore as well with over five hours of watching producing just one Velvet Scoter, three Mediterranean Gulls and a Great Skua of interest.

A Nathusius's Pipistrelle was flying around the Observatory this evening and a Brown Hare was seen in the morning. Offshore, at least six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding.

The highlight from the moth trap was our fourth record of Scalloped Hazel and searching through the hoards of Small Coppers produced a smart aberrant form named radiata+caeruleapunctata.

Scalloped Hazel Odontopera bidentata   Dungeness   6th May 2022

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas   Dungeness   6th May 2022
Just a few of the large numbers to be seen at the moment.

Small Copper Lycaeana phlaeas ab radiata+caeruleopunctata   Dungeness   6th May 2022