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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.

Tuesday 8th August 2017

A day of forecast rain proved remarkably dry throughout but produced some interest as the day wore on. Between the beach, Thornham Harbour and the pools on the reserve counts included 2 Spoonbills, Great White Egret, 4 Greenshanks, 6 Snipe, 98 Dunlin, 125 Golden Plovers, 7 Grey Plovers, 8 Black-tailed Godwits and 86 Bar-tailed Godwits. Moving through and joining local birds were around 80 Swallow whilst 480 Starlings were over the grazing marsh and roosting on the sand and feeding offshore were around 230 Common Terns and 270 Sandwich Terns.

The moth traps were fairly quiet and a Painted Lady proved the most interesting invertebrate sighting of the day.

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Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh +2 Little Gulls +2 Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 2 Little Gulls Breydon Water +880.Med Gulls
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv yesterday Cley NWT again from Daukes' Hide in evening Wood Sandpiper Salthouse still by Beach Road then lew west
Norfolk 3 Spotted Redshanks Breydon Water at east end
Norfolk Baird's Sandpiper ad still potter Heigham Marshes on middle pool + 2 Little Stints
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT on Lady Fen
Norfolk Garganey juv Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme Dunes NWT still on Hun Pool
Norfolk BAIRD'S SANDPIPER ad still 2.05 Potter Heigham Marshes on 1st pool by track +3 Little Stints
Norfolk Black Redstart Weybourne Camp this morning +4.Little Gulls flew past
Norfolk 3 Spoonbills Thornham Harbour
Norfolk  Black Tern flew past Sheringham
Norfolk  Wood Sandpiper Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool by wind pump this evening
Norfolk Great White Egret Thornham Harbour
Norfolk  2.Caspian Gulls (ad and 2s) Cley NWT again from Daukes' Hide this evening +Garganey +Spoonbill