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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 13th July 2019

A big thankyou to everyone who came to take part in our moth day!


 A total of 98 species were recorded including Privet, Pine, Eyed and Poplar Hawk Moth, Peppered Moth, Buff-tip, Oak Eggar, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Silky Wainscot, Rosy Footman, Kent Black Arches, Fern, Archer's and White-lined Darts, Swallowtail, Ruby Tiger, Sand Dart, and Small Emerald.

Don't forget, join us at Hempton Marsh on Saturday 20th July for our next moth day!!

Birds included a Gannet over the sea wall, 4 Barnacle Geese on the Broadwater, a Great White Egret, Spoonbill, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, a single Black-tailed Godwit and an Eider on the sea. A Yellow Wagtail flew over calling and at least 6 Whimbrel were passing over. A Red-backed Shrike was in the dunes on the NWT reserve during the afternoon.

Red-backed Shrike Holme Dunes NWT, Photo by Cat Buck

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Norfolk Little Gull 1s flew west past Cley NWT this morning
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still 10.05am at Potter Heigham Marshes at east end (+11.Spoonbills still +4.Garganey still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes near tin hut at 8am (+7.Spoonbills still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE