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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 26th June 2016

The Great Knot was again seen at Gore Point in the morning flying off at about 8.20am. Otherwise it was a fairly quiet day. Seawatching produced 200 Common Scoters, 4 Fulmars, a Little Tern and 100 Sandwich Terns passing offshore.

In the moth traps a good catch of 58 species included Willow and Mottled Beauty, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Shore Wainscot, Campion, Common Emerald, a female Ghost Swift, and a Privet Hawk Moth.

Limited highlights from Walsey included a Red Kite towards Cley village and a flock of hirundines which descended as the clouds rolled in late afternoon, including 8 House Martins and around 30 Swallows.

Argyresthia spinosella found basking on the picnic table - Walsey Hills, June 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult Great Knot Holme Dunes NWT on beach at Gore Point at 17:53 Norfolk Adult Great Knot Holme Dunes NNR at Gore Point until 08:20 then flew E/with Knot PE36 6LQ TF705448
Norfolk Adult Caspian Tern Breydon Water at 20:20 at E/end on mud just S/of tern platform NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Adult Caspian Tern Breydon Water at 17:15 from rugby club then flew/SW over Humberstone Farm NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Adult Caspian Tern Breydon Water at 13:00 at e/end NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Adult Caspian Tern Breydon Water at 11:08 on mud at E/end near tern platforms NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Adult Caspian Tern Breydon Water by tern rafts at E/end at 09:20 then flew/SW + Little Gull & 2 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Adult Caspian Tern Breydon Water at E/end but distant + 2 Spoonbill NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT late a/noon on Simmond's Scrape NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT + Wood Sandpiper & Spotted Redshank NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Male Quail Welney WWT singing this evng from Reedbed Hide PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT at 12:45 on Pat's Pool NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Little Gull Titchwell RSPB on the freshmarsh + 2 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436