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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 24th May 2016

An exceedingly quiet day with highlights limited to 2 Mediterranean Gulls over the scrapes in the afternoon, 1 House Martin, 11 Swifts, 25 Swallows and a Siskin which came down to the pond by the Observatory mid-morning. Reasonably good numbers of butterflies were on the wing including 8 Brown Argus', 4 Green Hairstreaks, 3 Wall Browns and 2 Small Coppers, but the moth traps were relatively quiet with only 13 species noted; the best of which were a fresh Small Elephant Hawk-moth and a single Isotrias rectifasciana.

Crambus lathoniellus at rest near the Observatory - Holme Bird Obs, May 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT (sd + 1s) + Continental Black-tailed Godwit this evng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk White Stork Burgh St.Peter this mng in field being ploughed by farmer NR34 0BF TM469918
> Norfolk 1st Summer Spoonbill Cley NWT flew E/over A149 early evng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB 18:40 in 2nd ditch E/of track this evng NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk 2 Garganey Felbrigg Hall NT on the Lake this a/noon NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Hooded Crow Holkham Pines 1/3ml E/of Lady Ann's Drive by seat at 07:30