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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 6th August 2016

A breezy morning gave way to a particularly hot afternoon with birds of interest including a Spoonbill seen flying west, Crossbill over and an Arctic Skua and Little Stint seen in Thornham Harbour. In the pines Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers were present whilst Black-tailed Godwit and Greenshank were also noted. Two young Stonechats were caught along the east bank and the first Meadow Pipits of the autumn also, with 3 ringed.

At Walsey Hills highlights were limited to 8 Spoonbill seen feeding on the marshes and a Hobby hawking over the East Bank. On the scrapes a Garganey was seen from Bishop Hide, and in the evening 2 Caspian Gulls and 7 Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk White-rumped Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB this mrng at high tide + 3 Little Stint TF650328 Norfolk 1.1 3rd Summer Caspian Gull Cley NWT + 7 Yellow-legged Gull NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 8 Spoonbill Cley NWT 7 on Simmond's Scrape & 1 at Watling Water + JUV Garganey & Black-tailed Godwit on Pat's Pool NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 6 Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape viewable from hide on Weavers Way + Wood Sandpiper NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk 22 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB this mrng on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Female Montagu's Harrier Sculthorpe Moor flew towards Sculthorpe Mill at 11:30 NR21 9GN TF901303
Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB 11:20 at S/end from Shore Hide TF650328
Norfolk 8 Spoonbill Cley NWT on Pope's Pool viewable from East Bank + Garganey from Bishop Hide NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB at S/end from Shore Hide at 09:05 TF650328
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua W/past Titchwell RSPB + 2 Bonxie PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 8 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Spoonbill W/over Holme NOA + Common Crossbill TF717450 Norfolk Juvenile Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Welney WWT at 14:15 from main observatory PE14 9TN TL548946