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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 6th April 2020

A movement of Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Robins was noted at the Observatory today, with a Swallow and 4 Sand Martins flying over west at 10am. A group of 47 Golden Plover flew over west and 16+ Black-tailed Godwits were on the NWT pools. Two Snipe dropped in on the grazing marsh and 200+ Brent Geese were also present, with 2 Pink-feet still remaining. At least 8 Med Gulls were of interest and 3 Cetti's Warblers were heard, while 20+ Chiffchaffs and 10+ Blackcaps were in the scrub.

The moths continued to be on strike with single Hebrew Character and Small Quaker again today. Around the reserve 2 Peacocks and a Green-veined White were seen in the afternoon sunshine.

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Norfolk Whimbrel y'day flew over Thetford at 11.58pm [identified from sound recording]
Norfolk White Stork Great Ryburgh flew SE over River Wensum
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Breydon Water at South Wall +2.Sedge Warblers 2.Whimbrel. 2.Yellow Wagtails flew west
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Salthouse
Norfolk Pied Fly NE of Salthouse at Gramborough Hill briefly this morning but no further sign +male.Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Great White Egret Wiveton in poplars by river south of stone bridge at cmidday
Norfolk 2+Ring Ouzels Felmingham +Wheatear
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Weybourne this morning +2.Yellow Wagtails flew west
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Upton Marshes NWT +Great White Egret
Norfolk 8.Ring Ouzels flew west over Sheringham: 6.at 8.30am, 2.at 8.43am
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west past Salthouse 8am-8.45am
Norfolk Whimbrel y'day flew north over Hingham at 12.30pm
Norfolk Bittern y'day west of Norwich at West Earlham flew NNW over Bevan Close at 11.16pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Cley still in hedge by Glandford Road at 8.13am
Norfolk Bittern y'day Norwich flew over Stafford Street at 0.06am