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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 Thursday 2nd April 2020

A breezy day but dry, there was still little sign of migration and the main highlights today were 2 Red Kites drifting over, and 8 Ruff on the NWT pools, with 2 Cetti's Warblers singing along the northern edge of Broadwater and at least 6 Chiffchaffs around the recording area. On the sea a pair of Common Scoter were offshore and 7 Red-breasted Mergansers were counted, with 2 Great Crested Grebes also noted. A flock of 30 Goldfinches were in the pines and 6 Pochard were on the Broadwater.

In the moth traps a sudden surge in variety took the form of an Early Grey, Powdered Quaker, 2 Hebrew Characters and 4 Red Chestnuts!

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Norfolk Cattle Egret Limpenhoe still mid a'noon in meadow by footpath TG.394.036
Norfolk 10+Common Scoters y'day flew over Hingham at 10pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret flew west over Binham this morning
Norfolk Osprey Norwich flew north over Thorpe Hamlet at 12.30pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Heacham flew south over South Beach this morning
Norfolk Black Redstart Great Yarmouth at South Denes
Norfolk Cattle Egret Limpenhoe still in meadow by footpath TG.394.036
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR still 7.30am