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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 17th April 2020

A strong east wind dominated today although again it was pleasant and sunny in sheltered spots.

Four Pink-feet were still lingering on the marsh and a Red Kite flew low over the pools. At least 3 Sedge Warblers could still be heard though the wind made detecting warblers more difficult than usual! Two Spoonbills flew west along the Broadwater during the afternoon, and two Sandwich Terns flew past offshore making quite a racket.

With the cool breeze overnight there were not many moths, but 2 Muslins and a Clouded Drab were to be found in the traps, and a further 2 male Emperors also emerged during the day and were released near the Observatory.

Butterflies were scarce but at least 2 Green Hairstreaks were seen around the reserve together with some very large Bumble Bees.

A tiny case-bearer moth caterpillar was creeping across the windows of the Obs building and a Mallard duckling was worthy of a photograph.

Unidentified case-bearer caterpillar

Recently hatched Mallard duckling


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Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Morston in garden by quay at 2.30pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Caistor St.Edmund at High Ash Farm early a'noon
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Felmingham
Norfolk 4.Little Gulls (all ads) flew low NE just west of Long Stratton at 11.05am
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marsh