9th March

In line with the recent government announcement concerning the Roadmap out of lockdown we're pleased to announce that our self-contained Cottage will reopen for overnight stays from Monday 12th April, and our Lighthouse and Annexe accommodation will reopen on Monday 21st June. Do please note that these dates are the earliest possible that we're currently permitted to reopen and they may change in the light of further government announcements.

Our car-park and toilet facilities in the Annexe will be open throughout the spring but, in order to comply with continuing restrictions on indoor gatherings, the lounge and other facilities within the Lighthouse must remain strictly out of bounds to all visitors until 21st June. May we also remind visitors to the patio to please continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines still in place.

With unrestricted indoor gatherings possible after 21st June we plan to hold this year's AGM as a physical meeting at PBO at 4pm on Saturday 3rd July.

Clear, warm and sunny: it was an ideal day for continuing prepping the garden for the oncoming season if not to expect much in the way of fresh migrants - in fact the only obviously new arrivals on the ground at the Bill were a handful of Chiffchaffs and a lone Goldcrest; the long, long staying Merlin and Black Redstart were also still there. Overhead passage was sadly lacking, save for a small arrival of corvids in from the south. The sea was quiet with just the loitering two Eiders and seven passing Red-throated Divers

Leucism in the Portland Carrion Crows seems to present most commonly as striking wing panels © Pete Saunders