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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 Friday 31st May 2019

A seawatch in the afternoon produced 8 Common Scoters, 3 Fulmars, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 35 Little Terns and 18 Sandwich Terns and a single Common Tern. A Bittern was seen briefly leaping at a passing Marsh Harrier and an adult Med Gull was south of the river Hun. A Cuckoo was calling and a Grasshopper Warbler was still reeling near the car park hide.

Three Small Elephant Hawks, Privet, Poplar and Bedstraw Hawk were in the traps. 3 Buff Tips, a Chocolate Tip, Gold Spot, and Flame Wainscot were also of interest.

The Bedstraw Hawk-moth from last night's traps - Holme Bird Obs, May 2019

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Norfolk Little Gull imm just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance mid a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 11.Cattle Egrets Stiffkey still 11.50am at east end on flood with Highland cattle +showing well
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool
Norfolk 11+Cattle Egrets Stiffkey at east end on flood with Highland cattle at 10.34am
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 10.10am Titchwell RSPB in flight at east end of reedbed
Norfolk 2+Quail (both males) y'day singing Kelling Water Meadow NW of pool in grass field
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 9.34am Titchwell RSPB in flight at east end of reedbed
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day flew NW over Mundesley early morning
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Rockland Broad still
Norfolk Osprey flew north over Waxham Sands at 8.15am
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on tidal pool
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB in flight at east end of reedbed at 6.58am