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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 21st May 2016

A very poor day with little activity besides a few Swifts passing with about 40 during the day. Of note were 3 Turtle Doves, a Cuckoo, a Cetti's Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat. There was no sign of the Short-eared Owl. In the moth traps a Poplar Hawk Moth, 2 Northern Drabs, 2 White Ermines, a Treble Lines and a Flame Shoulder were of interest.

Walsey Hills was also rather quiet unsurprisingly, the highlight being a Hobby that lingered over Snipe's Marsh for a few minutes mid-morning. The best of the rest included 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls flying over north towards Arnold's Marsh, 3 Cetti's Warblers singing, 3 Blackcaps, 5 Common Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warblers, 1 Sedge Warbler and a Great Spotted Woodpecker around the feeders. A few butterflies were on the wing in the afternoon including 1 Wall Brown, 1 Small Copper and several Orange-tips and Holly Blues.

A bizarre and impressive male Scorpion Fly Panorpa sp. - Walsey Hills, May 2016  

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Unconfirmed Report of White-tailed Eagle Colkirk
> Norfolk Spoonbill flew W/over Titchwell RSPB late a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew SE/over Choseley Drying Barns at 15:40 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk White Stork (presumed escape) Acle Bridge in flooded fields between A47 & railway NR13 3AS TG413116
> Norfolk Dotterel Choseley at 12:27 in field from Thornham Road showing well PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Ringtail Montagu's Harrier just W/of Acle Bridge at 09:45 flew over A47 NR13 3AS TG413116
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 14:05 on pool by mill NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Felbrigg Hall NT on lake early a/noon NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB at 12:45 from Island Hide PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Norwich in field viewed from B1149 at 13:00 NR2 1AW TG228084
> Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Drake Red-breasted Merganser Breydon Water at 06:10 NR31 9QB TG464048