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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 2nd September 2016

A dull and largely wet day seawatching produced a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmars, 9 Gannets, 17 Common Scoters, one Arctic and one Great Skua, 206 Sandwich Terns, and 125 Common Terns. Around the marshes 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 220 Curlews, a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, and 4 Snipe.

In the moth traps Silver Y, Frosted Orange, Flounced Rustic, Archer's Dart and Flame Shoulder were of note.

A Garganey was on Redwell Marsh in the morning.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Spoonbill Stiffkey at 16:30 on saltmarsh NE/of c/pk NR23 1QL TF975431
Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Cromer on beach at 08:30 NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk 17 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshma + 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Little Stint & 6 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Garganey Holme NOA on Redwell Marsh this mrng + Spotted Redshank TF717450
Norfolk 2 Whinchat Cley NWT NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Garganey Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool this a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 3 Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT on North Scrape this a/noon + 7 Curlew Sandpiper & 4 Little Stint NR25 7SA TG049441