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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 7th September 2019

Seawatching continued throughout the day producing 15 Teal, 34 Common Scoter 23 Fulmars, 23 Manx Shearwaters, 160 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, one Pom Skua, 40 Arctic Skuas, 33 Bonxies, 29 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and 2 Med Gulls. A Spotted Redshank and 68+ Black-tailed Godwits were on the NWT reserve, with 12 Spoonbills also reported there.

Ringing included 42 birds with two juvenile Goldcrests, 2 Coal Tits, 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Whitethroats and 3 Blackcaps among the catch.

In the moth traps a Feathered Gothic was the highlight.

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Norfolk Sooty S'water Cley flew west past beach car park 6am-8.40am
Norfolk Curlew Sand just east of Wells 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 Black Tern juv flew east past West Runton this morning
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide
Norfolk 32.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 still at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 2.Sooty S'waters flew past Sheringham
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills Holme Dunes NWT
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua juv flew past Sheringham (+juv.Black Tern)
Norfolk Pom Skua Cley flew past beach car park 6am-9am
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk 1+Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Leach's Petrel Cley flew west past beach car park 10.10-10.15am
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew east past Sheringham at 8.25am