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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.

Wednesday 14th September 2016

With a promising wind direction hopes were high for some migrant birds. The day started well with a Fieldfare disturbed from the East bank sallows which flew into the pines. It was seen again a short while later before being watched flying off west across the grazing marsh. Next up was a group of four Artic Skuas flying from Thornham over the corner of the Grazing marsh then over the obs, also heading west. A probable Little Bunting was reported flying over calling at Gore point and birds at the Observatory during the morning included a Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail and five Whinchat on the grazing marsh near Thornham Harbour.

The afternoon saw a small arrival of birds with another Tree Pipit, two Pied Flycatchers, three Garden Warblers, Wheatear, two more Whinchat and Redstart trapped and ringed. Eight Spoonbill were in Thornham Harbour, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank and Spotted Redsahnk were noted around the Broadwater and the day ended with an impressive flock of thirty Grey Herons flying past the Obs heading west.

At Walsey Hills a quiet morning was enlivened by a brief Spotted Flycatcher and small numbers of commoner migrants. A similar afternoon arrival included five Pied Flycatchers and two male Common Redstarts feeding around the scrub and a Wheatear whizzed through.

Common Redstart after processing - Holme Bird Obs, September 2015