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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.

Saturday 1st July 2017

At least 2 Spoonbills were in the area during the day, a Turtle Dove was along near the entrance track to the NWT reserve, 8 Black-tailed Godwits were around the grazing marshes and a Stonechat was opposite the Observatory during the afternoon. A Great White Egret flew east to the south of the Broadwater heading towards Thornham Harbour.

In the moth traps a Garden Tiger, Broad-barred White, Southern Wainscot and 2 Silver Ys were of interest among the catch, and Gatekeeper and Small Skipper were noted among the butterflies.

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Norfolk Arctic Skua ad Thornham Channel +Spoonbill
Norfolk c30.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at midday. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Garganey ecl.drk Titchwell RSPB on main scrape at 1.30pm +ad.Yellow-legged Gull 1s.Little Gull TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk report of Wood Sands +Common Cranes 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB was erroneous
Norfolk 6.BLACK-WINGED STILT (male fem 4.young) still Potter Heigham Marshes (+10.Spoonbill). Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50)+take path ENE for 1ml+view N from R.Thurne bank (3.Wood Sand from main track+Common Crane over) TG.437.194 NR29 5JE
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (all 1s) Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh +ad.Arctic Tern
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle ad flew west over Hingham at c9.15am
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB from main track at 10.20am +4.Common Cranes flew over TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Titchwell RSPB reedbed at 6am. 3.1s.Little Gulls on freshmarsh +juv.Spoonbill TF.750.438 PE31 8BB