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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.

Saturday 19th May 2018

A beautiful day with lots of sunshine, highlights were a Red Kite drifting east over the A149 around midday, 3 Cuckoos around the recording area, and a single Siskin flew over calling.

A Hairy Dragonfly and Brown Argus butterfly were the insects of note.

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Norfolk Wood Sand between Cley +Blakeney on pool on freshmarsh near information board this a'noon
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still 1.30pm east of East Bank on The Serpentine
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT from Babcock Hide then flew west
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool west of fishermen's car park
Norfolk/Suffolk 7.Common Cranes St.Olaves circled at 12.30pm then flew towards Somerleyton
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing Norwich still 10am in city centre by market on St.Peter Mancroft Church
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich on White Lion Street at 8am NR2 1PX
Norfolk 8.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh
Norfolk 8.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool at 8am
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Snettisham Coastal Park on raised bank
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Breydon Water by Humberstone Farm at 7.25am
Norfolk Osprey y'day Rockland Broad
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water again by Humberstone Farm