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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 Sunday 25th August 2019

Another very warm and sunny day, a Great White Egret was feeding on the Broadwater first thing, and 600+ Golden Plover were flying around above Thornham Harbour, with 18 Whimbrel flying over calling during the day, 10 Black-tailed Godwits counted, single Common and Green Sandpipers on the NWT pools, 2 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 8 Whitethroats, 12 Sedge and 15 Reed Warblers, 3 Pied Flycatchers were still in the pines behind the Observatory during the day and 4 Stonechats were also of note.

Ringing produced a total of 29 birds for the day including a Garden Warbler and a juvenile male Stonechat.

In the moth traps highlights were 12 Archer's Darts, a Rosy Rustic, a Beautiful Plume, 2 White Points, a Rusty-Dot Pearl and on the buddleias a Humming-bird Hawk Moth was also of note.

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Norfolk Pied Fly Old Hunstanton in scrub on north side of golf course +Black Redstart
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance this a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 4.Whinchats south of Horsey Gap between pillbox +Nelson Head Track at 3.20pm
Norfolk Whinchat Salthouse east of Gramborough Hill along posts at 3.07pm
Norfolk Osprey Norwich flew over Bowthorpe towards Colney early a'noon
Norfolk Dark Crimson Underwing moth Great Yarmouth trapped overnight
Norfolk Quail Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 1.05pm
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad in trees on NW side at 12.21pm
Norfolk 4.Pied Flys Warham Greens at Garden Drove near copse at north end at 7.15am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk report of Turtle Doves y'day Thorpe-next- Haddiscoe Marshes was erroneous
Norfolk 28.Wood Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 11.04am +Curlew Sand Little Stint
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Reception Hide early morning
Norfolk 26+Wood Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 10.23am
Norfolk 4.Pied Flys east of Titchwell along footpath to Brancaster West Beach
Norfolk 20+Wood Sands Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT from Dauke's Hide +5.Wood Sands
Norfolk Barred Warbler Blakeney Point in plantation at 8.58am
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys Holme behind bird observatory at 8.10am