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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 12th July 2017

A fairly quiet day around the Observatory, especially once the sun broke through mid-morning. A young Great Spotted Woodpecker was in the pines, a Greenshank flew along the Broadwater and highlights from the sea in the morning included a single Manx Shearwater amongst good numbers of Gannets, Sandwich Terns and a flock of around 300 Common Scoter.

Few moths were in the traps but Oak Eggar and Pebble Hook-tip were interesting and a male Vapourer emerged overnight.

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Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas (both ads) flew past Cley this morning (+Velvet Scoter. 2s.Caspian Gull on Simmonds' Scrape this evng +Garganey still +5.Spoonbills)
Norfolk Pom Skua reported flew past Sheringham this morning (+Little Gull)
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Snettisham Coastal Park over channel this evng
Norfolk Garganey Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk 6.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (male fem 4.juvs) still Potter Heigham Marshes (+2.Spoonbills still). Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE for 1ml +view north from bank
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB still in car park. Also 3.Little Gulls still
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB again flew west from reedbed late morning
Norfolk Little Gull Breydon Water still at east end at high tide +2.Arctic Terns
Norfolk Garganey ecl.drk Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Little Gull 2.Spoonbills Continental Black-tailed Godwit TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew past Cley 5am-7am +Little Gull