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We are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming visitors back to Holme Bird Observatory from Monday 13th July 2020, and we are very much looking forward to seeing you once again. Thank you to all our members and visitors for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please be aware that we are not yet able to restore full access.

Some restrictions must continue and these are as follows: Hempton Marsh and Walsey Hills reserves will be re-opening to visitors on 13th July, but hides on these reserves will remain closed. At Holme the following hides will remain closed for the time being: Redwell Marsh hide, Car Park hide, Sea-watching hide, Dell hide and Broadwater hide. The Bus-Stop, Dowson and Richardson hides will be accessible to one household at a time, and the viewing platform and seating area outside the cordon will be available as well, with social distancing in place. The Observatory building will also remain closed to visitors, but a member of staff will be able to come out to meet you. We do regret that for now visitors will not be able to empty moth traps with our staff, but we will retain specimens of special interest for visitors to view at a safe distance. We will continue to charge day permit fees.

We are very sorry not to offer a fuller visitor experience just yet, but these measures are for everyone's safety and we do appreciate your understanding. We will continue to review hide closures, and will post any changes on our website.

Wednesday 9th September

After an early morning start peppered with some optimism, the day unfortunately produced no more than a Whinchat and a Pied Flycatcher on the reserve. Two Greenshank and a Spotted Redshank flew over during the morning. Another Pied Flycatcher was seen in the afternoon at Walsey Hills.
 Great Brocade from the moth trap  - Holme Bird Obs, 9th September

Whinchat trapped and ringed along the East Bank early morning  - Holme Bird Obs, 9th September
Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Ortolan Bunting Blakeney Point NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen + 8 Spoonbill on Saltings towards Morston. NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Cley NWT at 19:20 briefly on Symmond's Scrape NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Juvenile White-winged Black Tern Ormesby Broad at 18:00 from A149 at Rollesby Bridge NR29 3LS TG463152
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines by Washington Hide. + Great White Egret & Pied Flycatcher
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. + 3 Little Stint PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Great Yarmouth in NW/corner of cemetery. NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Wryneck Winterton South Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Salthouse at 17:04 in paddock from f/path inland of The Dun Cow pub. + Redstart NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Probable Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB at 15:15 by f/path. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines at 10:30 near Washington Hide
> Norfolk Ortolan Bunting Blakeney Point in grass by plantation. + Yellow-browed Warbler, Redstart & 3 Whinchat NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Juvenile White-winged Black Tern Reported Ormesby Broad today. NR29 3LS TG463152
> Norfolk 8 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen at 12:56. NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Salthouse at 11:57 in paddock by f/path inland from The Dun Cow pub NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens at N/end of Garden Drove mid mrng. NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens at 06:45 on Western Track at N/end. NR23 1QD TF943437