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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 13th July 2017

A Hobby was seen hunting just south of the Broadwater giving some stunning views, and 3 Velvet Scoters were seen off Gore Point.

Moths were rather sparser today with night temperatures almost dipping below 10 degrees but 2 Peppered Moths, a Fern, a Garden Tiger, Early Thorn and Dusky Sallow were among those caught overnight.

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Norfolk 2.Spoonbills (ad +juv) Titchwell RSPB still +drk.Garganey 9.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 3.Velvet Scoters (1.drk) still late morning Holme Dunes off Gore Point tho distant
Norfolk 3.Velvet Scoters (1.drk) Holme Dunes off Gore Point
Norfolk 6.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB still +Little Gull
Norfolk 5.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (male fem 3.juvs) still Potter Heigham Marshes +ad.Cattle Egret still (+2.Spoonbills still +2.Common Cranes still). Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE for 1ml +view north from bank
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Gorleston at 8.20am then flew off