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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.

Monday 7th May 2018

Highlights today were a single Greenland Wheatear still on the east bank, 2 Spoonbills in front of the Car Park Hide, 7 Little Terns and 64 Sandwich Terns passing offshore, 2 Turtle Doves in the car park area, a Cuckoo on the reserve, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Common Whitethroats, 6 Sedge Warblers, and 3 Reed Warblers were also recorded.

Butterflies included Small Copper, Green Hairstreak, and Orange Tip, while in the moth traps Dwarf Pug, Ruby Tiger, Pale Prominent and Narrow-winged Pug were of interest.

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Norfolk Firecrest Gramborough Hill mid a'noon
Norfolk no news on Short-toed Lark Blakeney Point on Great Sandy Low since 8.50am cTF.000.464
Norfolk 3.Wrynecks reported Dersingham Bog NNR at 11.50am. From car park follow trail left from gate for 50yds
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh then flew west +1s.Little Gull
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both fem) south of Burnham Market at Beacon Hill at 10.50am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Cringleford till 11.06am over Keswick Close then flew west
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Cringleford circling over Keswick Close at 11.03am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Thorpe St.Andrew still 10.52am over south end of Thunder Lane then flew west
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Thorpe St.Andrew over south end of Thunder Lane at 10.50am
Norfolk Great White Egret Winterton North Dunes still +Hooded Crow
Norfolk Turtle Dove Seething at 9am
Norfolk no further sign of Wood Wblr Norwich at Mousehold Heath by 10.20am
Norfolk Short-toed Lark still Blakeney Point on Great Sandy Low at 8.50am TG.000.464
Norfolk 3.Garganey (2.drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +2.Little Gulls (ad +1s). Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Great White Egret east of Acle by A47
Norfolk 2.Dotterels still 8.30am c1ml north of Docking west of Choseley Farm road viewed from layby with dead hedge cTF.757.390
Norfolk Wood Wblr male still Norwich at Mousehold Heath near golf club entrance
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank at 8.15am (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk 2.Dotterels still c1ml north of Docking west of Choseley Farm road viewed from layby with dead hedge cTF.757.390
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT at Darlow's Farm
Norfolk Little Gull Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still at Fen Hide
Norfolk/Suffolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) y'day Lakenheath Fen RSPB still