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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 26th July 2019

A Great White Egret was seen during the morning and a Great Crested Grebe was on the Broadwater. 100+ Black-tailed Godwits were of note together with a Common and 2 Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank and a Snipe. A Turtle Dove was in the dunes and 150+ Swallows were gathering around the village and reserves. A family of Stonechats was on the east bank.

Moths included Pine Hawk, another Marbled Clover, Knot Grass, Rosy Minor, 2 Drinkers, 2 Garden Tigers, a female Oak Eggar and a Leopard Moth.

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Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT still in NE corner of Pat's Pool mid a'noon
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +11+Spoonbills still
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv y'day Cley NWT on Pat's Pool in evng. Recently 7.Caspian Gulls
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 8.30am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Cley flew west past beach car park at 10.10am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Purple Heron juv still Titchwell RSPB early morning then flew west over Thornham village