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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.

Wednesday 18th May 2016

A wet and at times breezy day with little sign of migration, 2 Turtle Doves were between Beach Road and The Firs, 3 Cuckoos were seen around the site, 40 Swifts were feeding in the area and the local Swallows were present. Around the Observatory and in the Dunes were 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroats, 5 Sedge Warblers and 2 Reed Warblers. A single Pink-footed Goose remained on the marsh, a Brent Goose was on the sea and a Short-eared Owl was hunting near the Broadwater between showers. No butterflies were seen and there were only 4 moths from the traps, though these included one Cydia conicolana.

 Cydia conicolana from the moth trap - Holme Bird Obs, May 2016 

Hunting Short-eared Owl against a decidedly grey sky - Holme Bird Obs, May 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk White Stork Acle Bridge presumed escapee feeding in fields between A47 and railway between Acle and Great Yarmouth NR13 3AS TG413116
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Breydon Water on North Wall marshes NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk No Sign of Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB this mrng + Little Stint on site PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Choseley Drying Barns at 17:55 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 2 Male Turtle Dove Reedham singing
> Norfolk Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at Lackfrod Run NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB from the hide at 14:45 NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Whinchat Weybourne at Weybourne Camp this mrng NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Wiveton at 08:30 over SE/end near main c/pk NR25 7TG TG040434