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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 Tuesday 24th September 2019

A fairly grim day with heavy rain at times and strong winds; the Yellow-browed Warbler remained in Sycamores in the NWT car park whilst in the pines were singles of Redstart, Pied Flycatcher and Spotted Flycatcher to be seen. Some 50 Gannets were noted in a brief seawatch and wildfowl included 320 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 90+ Wigeon, 4 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 200 Common Scoter. Other interest included 2 Spoonbills and a Great White Egret.

A Feathered Ranunculus was the pick of the moth traps whilst Humming-bird Hawk-moth and Wall Brown were noted on the wing during a brief spell of sunshine.

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Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Brancaster flew SW over golf course at 5.30pm
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (ad +juv) Cley NWT from Daukes' HIde this evng
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB from Island Hide at 5.15pm
Norfolk Garganey juv Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 5.30pm
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT still
Norfolk Jack Snipe Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from reception hide at 4.40pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting NE of Salthouse still east of Gramborough Hill on shingle ridge
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide Great White Egret still from Friends Hide. Reserver open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members. Memberships from £55;concessions £44 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still 9.50am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr still Titchwell RSPB between Fen Trail +Tank Road tho mobile