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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 26th July 2017

An interesting day's birding was cut short by strong winds and rain in the afternoon but during the morning a Great White Egret was seen from the hides, along with 2 Green Sandpipers and good numbers of hirundines. Around Thornham Harbour, the beach and over the Observatory waders included 4 Avocets, 8 Oystercatchers, 5 Whimbrel, 18 Curlews, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Turnstones, 30 Knot, 110 Sanderlings and 51 Dunlin. Other interest included a Mediterranean Gull and 6 Eider offshore.

Highlights from the moth traps included a male Ghost Moth, Coxcomb Prominent, Pine Hawkmoth and 4 Garden Tigers. 

Great White Egret - Holme Dunes NWT, July 2017 

Wall Brown - Holme Bird Obs, July 2017

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Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB on grazing meadow
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