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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.

Tuesday 17th May 2016

A calm morning brought some optimism, but a distinct lack of migrants on the ground made for limited interest from the ringing activities. The obvious highlight from the morning was a Great White Egret seen to drop down on to the marsh towards the village just before midday. Otherwise a lone Pink-footed Goose remained, 2 Whimbrels were seen and Mediterranean Gulls were heard. At least one Turtle Dove was singing along the entrance track and 2 Cuckoos were vocal throughout the day; 20 Swifts, 2 House Martins and a Hobby were also noted. Around the reserve were 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 8 Common Whitethroats, 6 Sedge Warblers and 4 Reed Warblers.

Good numbers of butterflies were again in evidence with 1 Brimstone, 6 Small Whites, 8 Brown Argus', 4 Wall Browns, 3 Small Coppers, 4 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Peacocks, 2 Speckled Woods, 4 Orange-tips, 2 Green-veined Whites and 2 Common Blues. In the moth trap were 29 moths of 15 species.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh then flew E/at 17:28 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB flew off and no further sign by 17:12 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holme Dunes NNR on marsh viewable from bank at entrance showing well
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh N/of Island Hide at 14:24 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk No Sign of Red-breasted Flycatcher Overstrand NR27 0PF TG246410
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Red-breasted Flycatcher Overstrand by 12:30 off High Street in bushes by cricket ground NR27 0PF TG246410
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holme NOA flew & landed near S/end of marsh at 11:55 TF717450
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT at 08:15 on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk No Sign of Hoopoe S/of Long Stratton W/of Wood Green at Parkers Lane by mid mrng TM197914
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Breydon Water RSPB at the E/end this mrng NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Little Walsingham at Back Lane this a/noon
> Norfolk Male Snow Bunting Choseley Drying Barns by road 200yds S/of parking area showing well PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 6 Little Stint Snettisham RSPB on the flowing tide TF650328
> Norfolk Male Snow Bunting Choseley Drying Barns close to road 200m s/of parking spot at bottom of hill at midday PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 4 Male Turtle Dove Brancaster Staithe at Barrow Common at 10:27 PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Holme Dunes NNR
> Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Choseley Drying Barns on concrete pad at 09:30 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 3 Turtle Dove Brancaster at Barrow Common at 10:27 PE31 8AW TF772438
> Late News Yesterday Norfolk 6 Spoonbill Berney Marshes RSPB NR30 1SB TG460053
> Late News Yesterday Norfolk Great White Egret Reported Strumpshaw Fen RSPB NR13 4HS TG341066
> Late News Yesterday Norfolk Turtle Dove Beighton Marshes