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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 19th June 2016

Today's highlights were a Cuckoo over Redwell Marsh, a Turtle Dove, a small passage of Swifts, a Cetti's Warbler at the west end of the reserve, and 2 Lesser Whitethroats, a juvenile ringed and a male bird singing.
Moths included a Pine Hawk moth, and a Meadow Brown and 4 Speckled Woods were also of note.

At Walsey Hills 8 Spoonbills passed over before flying east, highlights were otherwise limited to a pair of Mediterranean Gulls flying west. Two Large Whites and 4 Speckled Woods were seen whilst a Hairy Dragonfly and Four-spotted Chaser were basking on the Gorse.

The flock of eight Spoonbills as they turned east - Walsey Hills, June 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult Great Knot Titchwell RSPB flew W/over beach 300yds E/of N/end of f/p at 21:15 PE31 8ED
Norfolk Caspian Tern Breydon Water at 21:26 at E/end on spit on N/side of Lumps NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Caspian Tern Breydon Water at 20:59 at E/end NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk No Sign of Pacific Golden Plover Titchwell RSPB early mrng + 3 Spotted Redshank on site PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Spoonbill Thornham this mrng PE36 6NZ TF737438
Norfolk 3 Spoonbill flew over Halvergate Marshes towards Berney Marshes RSPB at 16:08
Norfolk Spoonbill Salthouse at 13:00 opposite The Dun Cow pub NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 8 Spoonbill Cley NWT at 11:30 flew/E NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Probable Male Red-footed Falcon Reported Thornham flew E/over the harbour at 09:35 PE36 6NZ TF737438