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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.

Sunday 12th June 2016

Another muggy day with heavy showers late morning. The Short-eared Owl was again seen on the NWT reserve in the dunes, with a Cuckoo calling from the south side of the grazing marsh, at least 2 Turtle Doves locally, 2 Med Gulls over calling, 3 Mistle Thrushes in the dunes and a Little Tern fishing over the Broadwater.

In the moth traps things improved slightly with Privet Hawk Moth, Poplar Hawk and Eyed Hawk all caught this morning. Several Painted Ladies were along the east bank and a Green Hairstreak was a late record.

Despite the humidity and forecast, the rain held off at Walsey Hills until late afternoon, though this didn't do much for bird activity. A Red Kite was seen in the afternoon to the south, 2 Mediterranean Gulls passed over to the west and a young Bullfinch was heard in the bushes. A Serin was again seen in gardens at the east end of the village.

A late and very worn Green Hairstreak was also seen at Walsey Hills near the hide, but otherwise butterfly numbers remained very disappointing. Moths of interested included Scoparia pyralella, Epiblema costipunctata and several Adela croesella around the viewing area.

Male Adela croesella at the top of the steps - Walsey Hills, June 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Serin Cley next the Sea in gardens along A149 W/of the Warden's House but mobile NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk No Sign of Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB + 3 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Wood Warbler Felbrigg Hall NT NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NWT at 10:55