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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 Monday 27th April 2020

The day started chilly and overcast with light rain mid morning but brightened later on. A half hour seawatch produced 11 Brent Geese, a female Red-breasted Merganser flying west, 4 Little Terns and 32 Sandwich Terns passing offshore. A Red Kite landed out on the marsh and at least 5 Whimbrel passed overhead, with 2 Swallows, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 7 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 5 Lesser Whitethroats and 12 Whitethroats, 10 Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers all recorded, while 2 Wheatears were south of the river Hun and a Yellow Wagtail flew over calling. Two Bullfinches were near the village.

Butterflies emerged in the afternoon with 4 Green Hairstreaks and 2 Green-veined Whites of interest. The first Small Copper of the year was also noted. Moths deserved their own post today!

Small Copper

Newts were active in the pond, with the male showing his splendid, spotty tail.

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Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Welney WWT still +Garganey
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Belton Marshes +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water by North Wall
Norfolk Great White Egret on Saturday Welney WWT still +Garganey
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets west of Ludham near Johnson Street at Buttle Marsh NR flew north over River Ant at 8.45am