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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 21st September 2019

A breezy, sunny day, highlights were 25 Common Scoters, 3 Red-throated Divers 35+ Gannets, 8 Great Crested Grebes and 12 Sandwich Terns on the sea. A flock of 400+ Golden Plover was in Thornham Harbour, 11 Jays flew east early morning and a Red Kite, Barn Owl, Hobby, 2 Sand Martins, 35+ Swallows, a single Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers, 6+ Stonechats, a Wheatear, at least one Tree Sparrow, 2 Grey Wagtails, and 2 Siskins were recorded.

In the moth traps a Rusty Dot Pearl and a Large Wainscot wee species of interest.

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Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section early a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT from Lyle Hide at 1.33pm
Norfolk 20.Spoonbills Burnham Norton on pool from coast path at 10am
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still west of path from A149 with cattle this a'noon +2.Great White Egrets still on east side
Norfolk 37.Common Cranes Welney WWT still +Great White Egret again
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool. 16.Spoonbills on freshmarsh +4.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Great White Egret Letheringsett flew SE over River Glaven at 9.30am
Norfolk Redwing Great Yarmouth at Bradwell at Harper's Lane
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Kelling at Maiden Lane in copse at 8.05am then flew east
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT still on Arnold's Marsh at 8.30am then flew west
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Colkirk by B1146 Dereham Road with Egyptian Geese
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Wymondham flew north over abbey at 7.35am