AES Orthoptera field event 2021
16 October 2021 14:30
Location: Dungeness Bird Observatory, 11 RNSSS Cottages, Dungeness, Romney Marsh, TN29 9NA, UK.
Dungeness is the only site in Britain where all three of the recently established Tree Cricket, Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket, and Large Conehead occur together. October is quite late in the season to guarantee sightings, plus we are weather dependent, so our leader Ralph Hobbs will check for their presence a few days before. The observatory warden David Walker, who is very familiar with all three species, has kindly agreed to be on hand to advise.
These scarce insects are most active at night, so we plan to stay on til dusk and use a bat detector to locate any species not found during the afternoon. Dungeness is well known as a bird and insect migration hot-spot, so we will be looking out for various other species including the more common grasshoppers and bush-crickets.
Dungeness Bird Observatory is located close to Dungeness nuclear power station.
Take the road from Lydd towards Dungeness, passing both the RSPB reserve entrance and the private power station road on the right (do not go down that road), then eventually bear right where the road curves left towards the sea and the Pilot Inn. Continue south past the RNLI lifeboat station, past Dungeness Old Lighthouse on the left, before bearing right towards the circular raised bank within which the Observatory is located.
There is a small parking area next to the Observatory. If this is full head back to the Old Lighthouse and park in the large station car park opposite (marked 'Ales by the Rails' on map) then walk back to the Observatory.
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