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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 31st August 2017

An Osprey flew in off the sea just west of the NWT centre, while on the sea 5 Eiders, a Fulmar and a Great Crested Grebe were noted. Four Stonechats were in the dunes and 20 Black-tailed Godwits were on the NWT pools. A Cetti's Warbler was near the Observatory and ringing this morning produced 16 birds including 12 Meadow Pipits and 2 Swallows.

The moth traps were quiet with a Burnished Brass and Square-spot Rustic the highlights.

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Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT still
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Cley NWT again on Richardson's Scrape mid a'noon
Norfolk Pec Sand 2.5mls SE of Brundall still at Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool by fishermen's car park early a'noon TG.348.050 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Stiffkey flew west over saltmarsh at 1.05pm
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad again 11.50am then flew towards Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse till 12.30pm on pool west of Beach Road then flew west
Norfolk Pied Fly Burnham Deepdale
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still on pool west of Beach Road
Norfolk Osprey flew east over Buckenham Marshes RSPB again 8.30am
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua ad flew east past Titchwell RSPB at 8.50am
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Cromer on beach at 8.35am
Norfolk Osprey Horsey flew south along dunes at 8.34am