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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 Thursday 29th August 2019

A Pied Flycatcher was still in the pines during the morning. Also of interest were a Kingfisher, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroats, a Whinchat along Thornham Bank, and 3+ Stonechats on the East Bank.

A Grayling was seen in the pines and moths of interest in the traps included a Rosy Wave, Gold Spot, Latticed Heath, and a Poplar Hawk Moth.

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Norfolk 2.Ruddy Shelducks Breydon Water from South Wall
Norfolk 6.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide mid a'noon +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 4+Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide this a'noon
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton +Osprey flew east at 1.40pm +47.Spoonbills
Norfolk 26.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk 53.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen from coast path at 1.02pm
Norfolk Little Gull 2w Cley NWT still on Arnold's Marsh at 12.50pm
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Wryneck Winterton North Dunes still in birch clump west of highest dune 25yds from fence
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills just east of Wells on scrape accessed from track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 10.12am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape +4.Wood Sands still
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Titchwell RSPB in grazing meadow
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys y'day Holme Dunes
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still on Autumn Trail
Norfolk 1+Wood Sand on Tuesday flew east over Holme Dunes at 4.38pm
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +2.Great White Egrets still. 6.Spoonbills still Thornham Marsh +Spotted Redshank still