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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 21st June 2018

A strong north breeze produced 7 Fulmars, 13 Gannets, 23 Sandwich Terns, 3 Common Terns, 4 Little Terns and 4 Kittiwakes passing offshore.

An impressive catch of moths consisted of 61 species including Rosy Wave, Shore Wainscot, Haworth's Pug, Ingrailed Clay, Spectacle, Fern and 26 Middle-barred Minors. A Brown Argus, Small Heath and Speckled Wood were among the butterflies recorded, with Four-spotted Chaser, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Common Darter also noted.

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Norfolk 2.Little Terns Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape at 2pm +1s.Little Gull
Norfolk Pied Crow Cromer still 12.15pm at seafront by No.1 Fish Bar
Norfolk Pied Crow Cromer still midday at seafront west of pier
Norfolk Pied Crow Cromer still 10.15am flew past Blue Sky Cafe
Norfolk Pied Crow Cromer still 10.15am flew past Blue Sky Cafe towards East Runton
Norfolk 3.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 14.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Pied Crow Cromer still flew west by Cliftonville Hotel