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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 Friday 27th March 2020

The sunny weather continued with an increasingly cold north-easterly breeze. As yesterday, it was rather quiet, with little in the way of visual migration. A flock of 26 Black-tailed Godwits was on the NWT pools, and a Cetti's Warbler was still around the heli trap area, with singing Chiffchaff and Goldcrest on the Obs reserve and just offshore 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were floating while 60 Sanderling were scurrying around on the beach. A male Blackcap was heard again in the village and 2 Stonechats were on the east bank, but overall much the same as yesterday.

In the moth traps the regulation 3 Hebrew Characters were caught but also today an Early Thorn was seen flying in the sunshine in the area of the Dell. A Peacock butterfly was in the same area and the day was punctuated by a succession of rather fat and hairy bumble bees of various species!

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Norfolk Firecrest Southrepps Common by Bradfield Road
Norfolk Tree Pipit flew NW over Thetford at 10.05am
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley in garden
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Cley flew east along A149 viewed from garden along Glandford Road at 10.30am
Norfolk Firecrest male singing Wymondham at north end of Norwich Road near Waitrose