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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.

Friday 1st July 2016

On the sea today 150 Common Scoters, 3 Gannets, 10 Little Terns and 67 Sandwich Terns were recorded. A Greenshank was in Thornham Harbour and 2 Buzzards were circling over the ridge. Two juvenile Stonechats were near the NOA car park early afternoon, 6 Spoonbills (5 flying west and another on the marsh), and 2 Hobbies were also seen.

Butterflies included Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Large Skipper, while in the moth traps a Buff Arches, Red-necked Footman and a Coxcomb Prominent were of interest.

Young Stonechat - Holme Bird Obs, July 2016 © Ray Roche

Buff Arches - Holme Bird Obs, July 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Holme Dunes NWT at 18:00 on beach 1/2ml W/Gore Point PE36 6LQ TF693440
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Titchwell RSPB till mid a/noon on freshmarsh then flew W/towards Holme + 2 Little Gull PE31 8EB TF759436
Norfolk 4 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB at 15:00 then flew W/ PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT viewable from visitor centre NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Spoonbill over Titchwell RSPB early mrng PE31 8BB TF759436