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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.

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 10th March 2019

A gathering of over 2000 Black-headed Gulls on the grazing marshes contained at least 8 Med Gulls, with 225 Golden Plover also on the marsh and 11 Avocets also of interest. A Red Kite drifted over the village and a Chiffchaff emerged after the rain, in the Tamarisk bushes in front of the Observatory. Two Barn Owls were hunting.

The moths traps were surprisingly busy with 3 Pine Beauties, a Dotted Chestnut, 2 Mottled Greys, 5 Hebrew Characters, a Small Quaker, an Oak Beauty, 4 Common Quakers, 4 Dotted Borders, an Early Grey and a Common Flat-body all recorded.

Oak Beauty and Dotted Chestnut - in the moth traps today

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Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT still (+Scaup). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk probable Iceland Gull 2w Walcott on beach opposite Kingfisher Cafe at 1.15pm
Norfolk Sooty S'water Sheringham lingering offshore at 1.05pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still early a'noon 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+2.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley still on sea
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 opposite bungalow just west of suspension bridge at 10.30am PE14 9TF
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese Great Ryburgh
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Choseley drying barns still 10.35am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still mid morning 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+3.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese (2.ads) y'day Cley NWT still between beach car park +North Scrape on Billy's Wash
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+Mealy Redpoll still). Reserve open NR21 9GN