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12th July

A Brent Goose flying east along the beach was an unusual sighting and a Whimbrel flew west. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen in the Trapping Area and 49 Sand Martins, 29 Swallows and a Grey Wagtail flew over.

In the evening we hosted a Butterfly Conservation meeting which involved some of the local Brownies and Guides coming to see the moths we catch with an emphasis on Sussex Emeralds. The kids are involved with a scheme to improve some local sites for Sussex Emeralds but they had never seen the actual moth before so it was great for them to see the moths they are helping to protect.

Moth trapping overnight saw some big numbers coming in which included our first record of Caloptilia honoratella as well as two Metalampra italica and seven Sussex Emeralds.

Caloptilia honoratella   Dungeness   12th July

Six Porpoises were feeding offshore.