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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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2nd Aug

A strong SW wind was blowing and with more heavy cloud the result was an increase in birds passing offshore with 145 Gannets, a Sanderling, a Snipe, 21 Kittiwakes, 81 Common Terns and the surprise of the day in the form of a Black Guillemot (the eighth Observatory record) which flew in and landed on the sea for a minute or so before it dived and was not relocated. The juvenile Caspian Gull and five juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls gave brilliant views at the fishing boats. 

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   juvenile   Dungeness   2nd August 2022

Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis   Juvenile   Dungeness   2nd August 2022

A Common Seal and two Porpoises were also feeding offshore.

A Jersey Tiger and seven Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen during the day.

Another night-time check for orthoptera produced eight Large Coneheads and ten Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets and three Mediterranean Stick-insects were found in the Observatory garden.
Large Conehead Ruspolia nitidula   male   Dungeness   2nd August 2022