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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.

Monday 24th July 2017

Northerlies and squally rain made seawatching the focus of the day, with 4 Tufted Ducks, 5 Eiders, 25 Common Scoters, 3 Fulmars, 53 Manx Shearwaters, 18 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 8 Arctic Skuas (one pale phase bird resting on the beach), 313 Sandwich Terns, and 2 Common Terns among the sightings.

Moths included Privet and Pine Hawk Moth, Drinker, Swallow Prominent and a good range of common species.

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Norfolk Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 2.25pm
Norfolk 2.Arctic Terns (ad +juv) Titchwell RSPB on Tidal Pool early a'noon
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape this morning +3.1s.Little Gulls 3.Spoonbills
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water +Bittern
Norfolk 3.Caspian Gulls (2.2s +juv) y'day Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape in evng
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+5.Spoonbills Little Gull) TF.750.438 PE31 8BB