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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.

Saturday 11th June 2016

Seawatching today produced 250 Common Scoters, a Gannet, 2 Little Terns, 31 Sandwich Terns and 4 Common Terns. Also of interest were a Greenshank, a Spoonbill flying over east, 100 Golden Plovers east, a Med Gull, a Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker and at least 3 Turtle Doves around the recording area.

In the moth traps a Pebble Prominent, 2 Middle-Barred Minors, a Bright-line Brown Eye, 6 White Ermines and 18 Diamond-backs were among the catch.

Highlights at Walsey Hills included up to 5 Mediterranean Gulls, a Red Kite, c.50 Knot briefly on Arnold's Marsh and 2 Spoonbills circling over Snipe's Marsh and the reserve before flying south-east. A Serin was in gardens at the east end of Cley village for much of the day, though it proved tricky to see at times.

There were still around a thousand Xylostella plutella around the reserve, mainly present along the southern boundary; other moths seen included Adela croesella, Micropterix aruncella and Sandy Carpet whilst the best butterflies were singles of Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Wall Brown and Holly Blue.

One of three Micropterix aruncella seen around the reserve - Walsey Hills, June 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh this evng NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Serin Cley next the Sea 17:22 at NE/end just S/of A149 coast road in front garden of Sea Lawn by feeders, viewable from gate but mobile NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Adult Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB at 16:40 on freshmarsh by brick tern isoand + Spoonbill flew E/ PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Adult Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide at mid-day PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Serin Cley next the Sea in gardens along A149 W/of the Warden's House at 12:10 but mobile NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen at 10:58 NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Breydon Water at 10:20 then flew to N/Wall Marshes NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Serin Weybourne at 08:55 then flew W NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Serin Cley next the Sea in garden briefly this mng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Breydon Water on N/flats W/of Humberstone Farm NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Breydon Water at E/end NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill flew S/over Winterton North Dunes this mng NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Adult Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on the Fresh marsh this mng + 2 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Turtle Dove (2 Male + 1 Female) Snettisham Coastal Park midway between c/pk & sea wall TF648335