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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 15th September 2019

A further 72 Pink-feet came in during the day, and on the sea 49 Teal, a single Eider, 104 Common Scoters, 7 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 58 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, an Arctic Skua and 7 Sandwich Terns were recorded. Two Great White Egrets were on the marshes and 3 Green Sandpipers, a Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank were on the NWT pools. A Hobby flew west past the Observatory and 3 Sand Martins, 15+ Swallows, 3 House Martins, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, 12 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler, single Sedge and Reed Warblers and 2 Stonechats were also of note.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleias.

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Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still mid a'noon by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB on pool midway between sluice channel +Tower Hide
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still early a'noon by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk 27+Spoonbills Burnham Norton still
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still with cattle by main footpath north of car park
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 37+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 TF.983.437
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB again near Tower Hide
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool