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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.

Tuesday 28th June 2016

A calm and mostly warm day saw the Great Knot present again at Gore Point early morning, with an Arctic Skua seen on the beach here too. Elsewhere Turtle Dove, Cuckoo and Mediterranean Gull were heard and 2 Common Terns flew east along the Broadwater, a Stonechat was seen along the east bank and 3 recently fledged Sedge Warblers were ringed.

Sedge Warbler with 'gorget' of dark blotches not seen on adult birds - Holme Bird Obs, June 2016

In the moth traps 56 species were recorded including 3 Eyed Hawk-moths, 2 Poplar Hawk-moths, 1 Privet Hawk-moth, 1 Small Elephant Hawk-moth, 4 Common Emeralds, Small Emerald, 2 Red-necked Footmen, Pebble Prominent, 2 Ferns and a presumed Ephestia sp. A Painted Lady was seen behind the Observatory building whilst 2 Small Heaths, 4 Meadow Browns, 3 Speckled Woods and a single Common Blue made up the rest of the butterflies seen.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Titchwell RSPB at 14:50 on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide PE31 8EB TF759436
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Holme Dunes NNR on beach at Gore Point at 5:00
Norfolk Adult Caspian Tern Breydon Water 16:20 at E/end in front of hide showing well NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Adult Caspian Tern Breydon Water 12:47 at NE/end near tern platforms NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB this mrng PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 5 Spoonbill Cley NWT at 12:20 + Wood Sandpiper this mrng on Pat's Pool NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Ringtail Montagu's Harrier Titchwell Village flew N/over Briarfields Hotel at 07:45 PE31 8BB TF758437
Norfolk Arctic Skua (pale morph) Holme Dunes NNR on beach