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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.

Saturday 27th August 2016

A mixed day with rain on and off, and thunder late afternoon. Highlights included Green Sandpiper and Greenshank, a Kingfisher, 2 Hobbies came in off the sea, 48 House Martin passed over, 7 Chiffchaffs, 10 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler, and 8 Reed Warblers.

In the moth traps another Twin-spotted Wainscot was of interest, while Small Copper and Brown Argus were noted around the reserve.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 29 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne at 14:44 W/of beach c/pk in brambles showing well NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 14:40 from Tower Hide + 3 Garganey NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk Golden Oriole Weybourne in wood w/of windmill briefly early mrng NR25 7SR TG111435 Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne at 11:45 W/of beach c/pk. View S/into Weybourne Camp by pines NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne from f/p at Weybourne Camp NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Bay in tree at dawn NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Immature Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066 Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB + Little Stint & 15 Curlew Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk 3 Black Tern off Blakeney Point + Little Gull & 4 Whinchat NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk 3 Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water this mrng NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad at 13:10 NR14 7HP TG328047
Norfolk 2 Wood Sandpiper Cantley Beet Factory + 3 JUV Curlew Sandpiper & 3 Whinchat NR13 3JA TG389037
Norfolk 32 Curlew Sandpiper Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers' Way + 7 Little Stint NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk Osprey Sheringham flew S/over golf course at 08:30 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park 07:20 at S/end TF648335