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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.

Sunday 27th May 2018

A juvenile Little Gull was out over the marsh early afternoon and a Spotted Flycatcher was on the NWT reserve, with Turtle Dove again seen in the forestry area.

Moths today included Small Elephant Hawk, Bordered White, Small Waved Umber, and 12 Diamond-backs. Hairy Hawker and Four-spotted Chaser were seen around the reserve together with Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Small Copper and Wall Brown.

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Norfolk possible Honey Buzzard flew NNE over Snetterton at 11am
Norfolk possible Honey Buzzard Norwich flew east over Alexandra Road at c1.15pm
Norfolk 4.Temminck's Stints still 1.20pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Blakeney Harbour
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 11.15am
Norfolk 2.Black Terns 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still mid morning at Potter Heigham Marshes +5.Garganey Little Stint. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 4.Temminck's Stints Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 9.40am
Norfolk 3.Turtle Doves Seething
Norfolk 5+BEE-EATERS flew south over Burnham Norton at 8.55am
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Seething
Norfolk Black Redstart 1s.male singing Norwich opposite The Mall entrance on roof of Hughes at 6.25am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) between Burnham Deepdale +Burnham Norton on pool south of sea wall at 8.15am cTF.819.451
Norfolk reported White-winged Black Terns 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes are Black Terns. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 2.White-winged Black Terns 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes on north side at 7.33am (+Little Stint still). Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad Holkham flew south over grazing marsh at 7.20am
Norfolk Short-toed Lark still Blakeney Point near Halfway House at 6.30am (+Osprey flew in off sea then south