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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.

Sunday 22nd May 2016

Highlights today were the Short-eared Owl seen in the morning hunting on the grazing marsh, on the sea a noticeable passage of terns including 25 Little, 180 Sandwich and 100+ Comic moving offshore. Also of note were 3 Turtle Doves, a Cuckoo, a Hobby, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Redpolls over west.

Insects were more abundant today with 2 Poplars, an Eyed Hawk Moth, a Small Elephant Hawk, 2 Waved and one Small Waved Umber, a Diamond-back, and Vine's Rustic among the moth catch. A total of 20 Brown Argus were counted around the reserve in the afternoon with Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small Copper and Orange Tip also in good numbers. An Azure Damselfly was also noted.

Highlights from Walsey included 2 Spoonbills going west in the morning, a single Swift, 40 Swallows, 10 Sand Martins and 3 singing Cetti's Warblers.

Green Hairstreak sunning itself on Alexanders - Kelling Quags, May 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Bee-eater flew W/over Gramborough Hill at 13:37 NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Dotterel Choseley Drying Barns in field PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk White Stork Great Ryburgh circled Sennowe Park late mrng TF970258
> Norfolk Great White Egret Somerton Holmes NW/of farm buildings
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme NOA on grazing marsh this mrng TF717450
> Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Holme Dunes NWT by boardwalk from 1st c/pk mid a/noon
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl flew W/over Great Walsingham at 15:32
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl flew S/over Heacham PE31 7AX TF663376
> Norfolk 1st Summer Little Gull Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436