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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 28th September 2019

Blustery and wet at times, on the sea today 85 Common Scoters, 2 Red-throated Divers, 6 Gannets, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Arctic Skuas and 5 Sandwich Terns were logged. Also of interest were a Great White Egret, a brief glimpse of a Bittern, Hobby over the east bank, a Green Sandpiper on the NWT pools, 2 Spotted Redshanks and 3 Greenshanks in Thornham Harbour, a Med Gull, 2 Jays, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 2 Chiffchaffs.

In the moth traps 4 Feathered Ranunculus, 64 Lunar Underwings, 16 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a Brown-spot Pinion, a Large Wainscot, 6 Beaded Chestnuts, a Turnip, Square-spot Rustic, 1 Lesser Yellow Underwing and a Vine's Rustic were recorded.

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Norfolk Cattle Egret Hockwold Washes RSPB still 2.10pm
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Thornham at coal shed
Norfolk Garganey juv Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide
Norfolk Cattle Egret Hockwold Washes RSPB at midday
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members. Memberships from £55; concessions £44 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members. Memberships from £55; concessions £44 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Great White Egret flew over Potter Heigham Marshes at 10am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Wells on saltmarsh
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe in cattle field viewed from sea wall at 9am +Great White Egret