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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 7th June 2016

Calm and bright weather throughout the day led to very little interest around the reserve. A pair of Mediterranean Gulls did a couple of circuits around the marsh, being heard throughout the day, 2 Gannets and 5 Sandwich Terns were seen passing west over the sea, a Little Tern was feeding at the eastern end of the Broadwater and a Turtle Dove was heard singing near Redwell Marsh.

The moth traps were also relatively disappointing with highlights being 3 Small Elephant Hawk-moths, an Eyed Hawk-moth and approximately 100 Diamond-back Moths. Butterflies seen included a Painted Lady, 4 Common Blues, Small Heath, Wall Brown and 2 Green Hairstreaks.

The two Mediterranean Gulls passing closer, along the Broadwater late afternoon - Holme Bird Obs, June 2016

One of two Celypha lacunana from the moth traps - Holme Bird Obs, June 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Hoopoe Hillington at 16:00 in field near Norfolk Hospice on aeriel of house
> Norfolk Male Golden Oriole Hemsby NR29 4JG TG506172
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill W/over Titchwell RSPB + Drake Garganey on Patsy's Reedbed & Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Spoonbill Thornham Marsh PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Adult Great Northern Diver Salthouse W/past Gramborough Hill at 12:15 NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Welney WWT from main observatory PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk 1st Summer Little Gull Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436