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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.

Saturday 30th April 2016

A much warmer day with a westerly breeze, there was a noticeable increase in activity, although ringing produced only 8 new birds all day including Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Blackcap. Birding highlights included a Red Kite, a Grasshopper Warbler, a female Black Redstart in the NWT pony field, a female Common Redstart in the pines on the NOA reserve, 5 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Tree Pipits over calling, and 2 Siskins in the pines. Also of interest were 6 Buzzards, a Greenshank, single Sandwich and Common Terns, Turtle Dove and Cuckoo, a Peregrine, 10 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 10 Whitethroats, 10 Sedge and 1 Reed Warbler. Just 2 Hebrew Characters were in the moth traps but a Green Hairstreak was in the Dell and a Speckled Wood and Large Red Damselfly were also recorded.

 Holly Blue resting on Blackthorn blossom - Walsey Hills, April 2016

During the morning at Walsey a single Willow Warbler was still present and singing, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Common Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs and 5 Blackcaps were also in the scrub. A Red Kite joined a kettle of 4 Common Buzzards late in the afternoon and in the evening a Temminck's Stint was seen on Pope's Pool to the north of the reserve. 3 Holly Blues were on the wing as were several Green-veined White.