Rabbits and Foxes are seen on most days throughout the year. Brown Hares are regularly seen and Stoats and Weasels are less frequently seen. Badgers are occasionally seen after dark and even visit the Observatory garden at times. Both Pigmy and Common Shrews are present along with Wood Mouse. Most of the more interesting mammal records involve bats and marine animals.
Some work has been carried out recently on the bats of the area and Nathusius's Pipistrelle and Whiskered Bats are now known to occur regularly. Common and Soprano Pipistrelles are also frequently recorded and there are occasional records of Daubenton's and Liesler's Bat.
In recent years there have been several sightings of White-beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises have become an almost daily feature.
|Brown Hare Lepus capensis|
|Badger Meles meles|
|Common Seal Phoca vituulina|
|Nathusius' Pipistrelle Pipistrellus nathusii|
|Whiskered Bat Myotis mystacinus|
|Porpoise Phocoena phocoena|
MAMMAL LIST FOR DUNGENESS BIRD OBSERVATORY
WESTERN HEDGEHOG Erinaceous europaeus
COMMON SHREW Sorex araneus
PIGMY SHREW Sorex minutus
WATER SHREW Neomys fodiens
DAUBENTON’S BAT Myotis daubentonii
WHISKERED BAT Myotis mystacinus
NATHUSIUS’ PIPISTRELLE Pipistrellus nathusii
COMMON PIPISTRELLE Pipistrellus pipistrellus
SOPRANO PIPISTRELLE Pipistrellus pygmaeus
LEISLER’S BAT Nyctalus leisleri
NOCTULE Nyctalus noctula
SEROTINE Eptesicus serotinus
BROWN HARE Lepus europaeus
RABBIT Oryctolagus cuniculus
FIELD VOLE Microtus agrestis
WOOD MOUSE Apodemus sylvaticus
BROWN RAT Rattus norvegicus
HARBOUR PORPOISE Phocoena phocoena
COMMON DOLPIN Delphinus delphinus
WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN Lagenorynchus acutus
WHITE-BEAKED DOLPHIN Lagenorhynchus albirostris
BOTTLE-NOSED DOLPHIN Tursiops truncatus
RISSO’S DOLPHIN Grampus griseus
LONG-FINNED PILOT WHALE Globicephala melas
ORCA Orcinus orca
RED FOX Vulpes vulpes
STOAT Mustela erminea
WEASEL Mustela nivalis
AMERICAN MINK Mustela vison
BADGER Meles meles
COMMON SEAL Phova vitulina
GREY SEAL Halichoerus grypus
ROE DEER Capreolus capreolus
Reptiles and Amphibians
The only snake found in the area is the Grass Snake. In early spring they can often be seen basking on the short turf of the Moat or on the banks of the Long Pits. Later in the season most sightings are of individuals hunting amongst the emergent vegetation of the pits.
Common Lizards are frequently seen in the drier areas and even in many of the gardens.
Newts are represented by the Smooth Newt. Although common in the surrounding area, Great Crested Newts are not found at the Long Pits.
|Marsh Frog Rana ridibundus|
A Red-eared Terrapin was first seen at the Long Pits in 2005 and two individuals have now been seen in 2006. There was a further sighting in 2007 and one was seen on August 5th 2009. The first sighting in 2010 was at the Long Pits on 9th September.