We took a trip to Dungeness, more in hope than expectation, and as it turned out the flora was more interesting than the fauna (I may have some dispute from some quarters on this). Sea Kale was abundant and flowering on the sea-side shingle, as we walked via the point to the Patch.
There were a few Sandwich Terns and about 30 Common Terns, but no rarer types. Among the gulls were a few Great Black-Backed, including this one which seemed in a bad way, having tried to eat some fishing line.
Yellow Horned Poppies have just started to bloom, and Thrift was also evident in patches.
In the RSPB reserve, on the pits was a variety of ducks, Cormorants amassing large amounts of nesting material, and a few Great-Crested Grebes, one with a youngster (not very small) on its back, the first time I'd seen that.
In the scrub, we had plenty of opportunity to distinguish the calls of Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Marsh Frog, Reed Bunting (below) and Whitethroats,
while the twin avian highlights were a Grey Plover in flight showing off its summer black belly, and four Hobbys flying over the reed beds.
Back on the ground, we saw Sea Campion and prostrate Broom
while this plant had me stumped until I realised it was a Catchfly - presumably the Nottingham version.
I didn't pick it - I was just supporting it in the strong wind. Nottingham Catchfly was first identified growing on Nottingham Castle, and is the county flower of Nottinghamshire. It's a rare plant as the dots on the map show, but is does occur closer to home on the cliffs at near or near Kingsdown.