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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 Monday 22nd July 2019

On the sea today 2 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmars, 14 Gannets, an Arctic Skua, 3 Little Terns, 5 Common Terns and 70+ Sandwich Terns were recorded. A Spoonbill flew west along the Broadwater mid afternoon and a Green Sandpiper was on the NWT reserve. A Knot, 7 Dunlin, 35 Sanderling, 20 Bar-tailed Godwits and 10 Black-tailed Godwits were also reported.

An Obscure Wainscot was a good moth for the Observatory, among an otherwise small catch of common species.

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Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad again 1.57pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide
Norfolk 2.Lesser Emperor dragonflies Felbrigg Hall NT still at lake this a'noon
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 1.11pm Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field c300yds west of pumping station
Norfolk Curlew Sand Snettisham RSPB this morning at high tide +2.Little Stints ad.Black Tern 11.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk still no further sign of ad.Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB by midday (nor Curlew Sand but 9.Spoonbills still)
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field west of pumping station by c12.30pm TG.486.063
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (2s +juv) Cromer still on beach this morning
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB by c10.15am
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field west of pumping station at 9.59am TG.486.063
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad still Titchwell RSPB on Tidal Marsh at 8.01am
Norfolk Quail y'day Sheringham in morning
Norfolk 2.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa) y'day Titchwell RSPB in evng