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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 14th September 2019

A sunny warm day with light winds, 9 Little and a single Great White Egret were recorded, with a single Spoonbill flying west. Raptors included 2 Red Kites, 2 Hobbies and a juvenile Peregrine. On the Broadwater 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 3 Greenshank were of note, and a Med Gull was with Black-headed Gulls hawking insects over the grazing marsh. A Barn Owl was hunting on the NWT reserve and a Tawny Owl was heard at the Obs, with Grey and Pied Wagtails over calling. Ringing produced 66 birds and a notable movement of Blackcaps with 19 caught during the morning, as well as 10 Meadow Pipits, 9 Blue Tits, and 2 Lesser Whitethroats among the catch.

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Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still 3.15pm by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still with cattle by main footpath north of car park
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still with cattle west of main footpath north of car park from 2nd gate
Norfolk 30+Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey