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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.

Thursday 15th September 2016

A sea fog hung over the site all day, with a north-east breeze producing a number of good migrants. Two Spotted Flycatchers were around the reserve in the afternoon, a Yellow-browed Warbler was in the Forestry, a Redstart was along the approach road, and at least 4 Wheatears, 6 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warblers, 2 Stonechats, and 6 Siskins were also recorded. A Kingfisher was around the Broadwater, 2 Common and 1 Green Sandpiper were noted, a Hobby flew over in the afternoon and a Cetti's Warbler was also of interest. Ringing totals for the day were 44 birds including Cetti's Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatchers and Garden Warbler.

In the moth traps 2 Rusty Dot Pearls were of note.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk No Further Sign of Arctic Warbler NNE/of Wells at East Hills .by 18:25 but Red-breasted Flycatcher present, Pied Flycatcher & Hawfinch TF924456
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Blakeney Point this evng on beach + 7 Pied Flycatcher, 22 Redstart & 6 Whinchat NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Adult Sabine's Gull Titchwell RSPB briefly flew in to roost at 19:18 then flew off N/ PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Brancaster Staithe PE31 8BJ TF794442
Norfolk Wryneck Beeston Bump at 16:30 by track on E/side of holiday park NR26 8DB TG167432 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holme NWT 16:40 at Forestry TF715449
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods 150yds W/of kissing gate with Long-tailed Tits NR23 1DR TF909453
Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB at 15:40 from Parrinder Hide PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Trimingham in wood by Pottery Cottage at 14:15 + Pied Flycatcher NR11 8EG TG279388 Norfolk Wryneck Beeston Bump 12:30 at between railway line & dust track + Redstart NR26 8DB TG167432
Norfolk Wryneck Heacham at 12;30 in lone oak left of track just beyond treatment works gate PE31 7AX TF663376
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB in c/pk + Redstart near Island Hide PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes just E/of Boardwalk briefly early + Yellow-browed Warbler at Gun Hill PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery North Section on W/side this mrng NR30 1DW TG526082