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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 8th September 2016

Seawatching produced some nice surprises with a Balearic Shearwater flying west and then landing on the sea around midday. Also of note were 11 Common Scoters, 3 Red-throated Divers, 36 Gannets, 2 Arctic Skuas, 3 Black and 1 Arctic Terns, 130 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns.

In the moth traps 6 Rusty-dot Pearls were noted and an Eyed Hawk Moth was a very late but very welcome record!

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 1st Winter Red-backed Shrike Winterton North Dunes at 18:30 200yds S/of concrete blocks NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Immature Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide at 17:20 + 4 Garganey (3 from Reception Hide) NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk 13 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on Fresh Marsh + 5 Little Stint PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Possible American Golden Plover Reported Warham Greens is a Golden Plover NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Probable American Golden Plover Warham Greens in stubble field 100yds E/of centre track NR23 1QD TF943437 Norfolk 1st Winter Red-backed Shrike Winterton North Dunes 100yds N/of concrete blocks at 15:50 NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Salthouse on pool W/of Iron Road at 16:00 NR25 7XW TG082443 Norfolk 11 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh + 2 Little Stint & 5 Curlew Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Winterton North Dunes late mrng 100yds N/of concrete blocks NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Sheringham flew SW/over golf course at 10:30 NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk Immature Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide + Drake Garganey NR13 4HS TG341066