Just north of Dover harbour, Langdon Cliffs rise up as a challenge to the nearby French coast (Look at this if you disagree) .
A large dip between two of the higher cliffs is known as Langdon Hole, and is the site of some of the few remaining kittiwake colonies hereabouts.
The usual photographable nests were empty, confirming our fears of continuing decline. Just a couple of roosting adults were seen.
But further along, the unforgettable cry was heard, and sure enough there were some chicks - only a very few, but the colony is hanging on. I counted 15 occupied nests and there may have been more unseen, but it is a horribly small number considering the 1,121 counted in 2002.
The area has a smuggling history of course, and this shaft cut into the chalk may have been used to haul contraband like liquor and baccy from the hidden beach far below. Or it may just be a bit of industrial archeology.
Two peregrine falcons were seen above the docks, and the quiet interlude for butterflies seems to be over, with plenty seen across the downs.
This photo of white dead-nettle is for Mrs K, whose contribution to the schooldays nettle debate was a memory of seeking out the fairy-shoes in the flowers. Gerard says that 'the distilled water of them is used to make the heart merry, to make good colour of the face, and to refresh the vitall spirits'.