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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 Sunday 26th April 2020

A brighter and sunnier day with a moderate south-westerly breeze. On the grazing marsh 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 4+ Ruff were counted. Two Cuckoos were calling and other highlights were 2 Swallows, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 10 Whitethroats, 12 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers and 4 Yellow Wagtails heading west. The two Black Swans were again at the back of the grazing marsh.

Moths today were a Brindled Beauty, White Ermine, Hebrew Character, 2 Northern Drabs and a White Ermine. Butterflies were plentiful with 14 Green Hairstreaks, 4 Orange Tips, 2 Brimstones, 4 Peacocks, 2 Green-veined Whites and a Large White.

Below: Holme Bird Observatory Reserve

Below: White Ermine Moth

Below: Orange Tip male

Below: Little Egret

Below: Holme Bird Observatory Reserve


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Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets on Friday Blakeney
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew east over Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Great Moulton near Downsland Park at 2pm NR15 2DR
Norfolk Ring Ouzel WSW of Norwich at Bowthorpe Marsh in scrub behind West Earlham Estate at midday
Norfolk Turtle Dove flew west over West Runton at 8.18am
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT this morning
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Sheringham south of Skelding Hill at 9am +2.Whinchats
Norfolk 2.Bar-tailed Godwits Cantley Marshes RSPB this morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park still
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills near Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk 2.Sandwich Terns west of Norwich flew south over Bowthorpe towards Colney GPs
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves New Buckenham Common at 8.14am +Nightingale (not Old Buckenham Common)