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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 10th May 2018

A fairly strong westerly breeze and bright sunshine meant limited interest throughout the day. Ten Swifts were noted passing west, a Cuckoo was calling around the paddocks and a Mediterranean Gull flew over in the early afternoon. Around the dunes and reserve were 5 Swallows, a Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Common Whitethroats, 6 Sedge Warblers, 5 Reed Warblers and singles of Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Lesser Whitethroat.

A Grey Plover in summer plumage and 3 Sandwich Terns were also of note.

A Coxcomb Prominent was in the moth traps and Latticed Heath was seen in the dunes, 4 Green Hairstreak, 3 Green-veined Whites and Holly Blue were the best of the butterflies on offer and around the pond a single Large Red Damselfly and the first Blue-tailed Damselfly of the year were noted.

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Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier fem Titchwell RSPB flew east offshore at 2.46pm PE31 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret east of Martham by River Thurne this a'noon
Norfolk 7.Arctic Terns Filby Broad early a'noon
Norfolk no sign of drk.American Wigeon Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB
Norfolk Wryneck just ESE of Sheringham still 12.30pm just south of Beeston Bump by railway footpath at playing field tho elusive
Norfolk no news on drk.American Wigeon Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB
Norfolk 8.Arctic Terns Ormesby Broad
Norfolk Ring Ouzel 1.5mls SE of Waxham +just south of Waxham Sands Holiday Park by green box +2.White Wagtails. View only from dunes, do not enter holiday park. Walk north from Horsey Gap
Norfolk Great White Egret Filby Broad
Norfolk Wryneck just ESE of Sheringham still just south of Beeston Bump by railway footpath at playing field at 11.35am tho elusive
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing still Norwich between Mountergate +Rose Lane near Parmenter Gate Court flats at 9.35am
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 10.05am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 8.06am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Breydon Water at east end at 7.59am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Breydon Water again at east end