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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 Thursday 26th September 2019

A wet and blustery start with sunshine in the afternoon. On the sea 12 Wigeon, 134 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 52 Gannets, 2 Arctic Skuas, 12 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern were recorded. A Willow Warbler and 2 Sand Martins were the only migrants of note, with no confirmed sighting of any of yesterday's Yellow-browed Warblers.

In the moth traps highlights included a Mallow, Archer's Dart, Feathered Ranunculus, Snout, Knotgrass and Large Wainscot.

A Scarce Bordered Straw was photographed in the trap on the 25th September

Scarce Bordered Straw by Steve Newman, 25th September 2019

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Norfolk Garganey juv Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide. Jack Snipe still from Reception Hide
Norfolk 5.Lapland Buntings 1.5mls NNE of Wells on saltmarsh just east of East Hills early a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr still Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still 10.48am just south of A149 west of Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew east past Sheringham at 10.40am
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 Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Bishop's Hide at 9.45am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in sallows at south end at 9am
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. Great White Egret still on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk Lapland Bunting NE of Salthouse still on shingle ridge just east of Gramborough Hill at 7.57am tho mobile
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills y'day near Burnham Overy Staithe