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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 25th May 2016

Unfortunately another quiet, cold and damp day. A single Pink-footed Goose remained on the grazing marsh and the catch in the moth traps was unsurprisingly poor with only four species recorded. A hatch of insects after the rain brought the Swifts down, with around seventy hawking low over the trapping area.

A similarly quiet day at Walsey concluded with groups of hirundines hunting over Snipe's Marsh and the surrounding area. Around 20 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins and 50 Swallows were feeding over the water whilst up to 40 Swifts were on the wing over the reserve. Mid-afternoon a Hobby was drawn to the feeding flocks but left without success.

Swallow resting on a reed stem on Snipe's Marsh - Walsey Hills, May 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT showing well off East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Spoonbill Wells on Bob Hall's Sands NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT off East Bank showing well NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Great White Egret Hopton-on-Sea in off the sea at 15:18 NR31 9SE TM535997
> Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water at E/end on lumps at 09:55 NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Little Stint Snettisham RSPB TF650328
> Norfolk Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Garganey Felbrigg Hall NT on lake this mrng. NR11 8PR