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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 Saturday 6th April 2019

A cool and cloudy day with light north-easterly winds, a Great White Egret was reported over Lavender Marsh and a Red Kite was of note, with 12 Black-tailed Godwits and 15 Ruff on the grazing marshes and a Short-eared Owl was also seen. At least 10 Chiffchaffs were in the recording area and 2 male Blackcaps were ringed during the day, with a male Wheatear on the east bank and another 3 on the NWT reserve, 5 Stonechats also in the recording area, and a single Crossbill and 5 Siskins flew over calling.

Moths were scarce with just 2 Powdered Quakers, a Hebrew Character and a Red Chestnut in the traps.

Second year male Pied Wagtail ringed at the Obs

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Norfolk Hoopoe still 3.10pm Winterton north of Beach Road car park in North Dunes tho elusive NR29 4DD
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls west of Weeting still at Weeting Heath NWT over wood opposite car park at 1.01pm IP26 4NQ
Norfolk Black Redstart Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Hoopoe still 12.39pm Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes between totem pole +car park +showing well
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton at Low Road. White Wagtail in paddocks
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich near The Bell pub
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich at Castle Mall Gardens at 12.05pm
Norfolk Curlew Sand still Breydon Water
Norfolk Hoopoe still 11.50am Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes near totem pole tho mobile
Norfolk Hoopoe still 11.25am Winterton south of Beach Road in South Dunes
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Hoopoe still 9.48am Winterton south of Beach Road in South Dunes opposite lighthouse
Norfolk Hoopoe still 9.38am Winterton on east side of South Dunes
Norfolk probable Lesser White-fronted Goose ad Eccles flew SE over dunes
Norfolk Hoopoe still 9.05am Winterton North Dunes north of totem pole then flew towards beach car park
Norfolk possible Lesser White-fronted Goose ad flew east past Mundesley at 8.44am
Norfolk possible Lesser White-fronted Goose ad flew east past Sheringham at 8.24am
Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA west of track by Snipe's Marsh at 7am
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Titchwell RSPB still +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 3.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton North Dunes 300yds north of totem pole at 7.10am