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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 8th September 2019

Northerlies today produced some migrants with a kettle of 16 Buzzards over Holme village, a Whimbrel, 1 Sand Martin, 12 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 5 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 6 Whitethroats, a Pied Flycatcher trapped and ringed, a Redstart near the NWT hides, 5 Stonechats on the east bank, and 2 Yellow Wagtails over calling. Also of interest were 2 Great White Egrets, 40 Pintail offshore past the NWT early morning, 75 Black-tailed Godwits, an Arctic Skua, 2 Kingfishers, Barn and Tawny Owl.

Butterflies included Small Copper, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Green-veined White and Painted Lady, with a Humming-bird Hawk Moth visiting the buddleia.


Pied Flycatcher ringed at Holme Bird Observatory - photo by Theo de Clermont

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sidestrand
Norfolk Little Stint Mundesley on beach briefly this morning then flew NW
Norfolk Scaup flew past Sheringham
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad again. Y'day Great White Egret
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Welney WWT still +Common Crane
Norfolk 34.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 3.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB still +Great White Egret 12.Spoonbills
Norfolk Curlew Sand just east of Wells still 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 Icterine or Melodious Warbler Wells Woods in birches just south of toilet block briefly mid morning
Norfolk Balearic S'water Cley flew west past beach car park at c7.30am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Cattle Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in meadow at 7.30am then flew towards Buckenham
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Skuas y'day Cley flew west past beach car park 6pm-6.40pm (+4.juv.Black Terns)