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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 Tuesday 21st April 2020

Another rather breezy day which again made finding the smaller birds more challenging! That said there was clearly a small arrival of Wheatears with twelve recorded plus the first singing Reed Warbler of the year. Other birds of note included five Swallows,  three Grasshopper Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats, Cuckoo, Great White Egret and a Merlin.
Only three moths, Muslin, Small Quaker and Pine Beauty were in the traps and two butterflies noted, Peacock and Green Hairstreak.

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Norfolk/Suffolk Ring Ouzel just SW of Diss still by River Waveney at Cock Street Fen Fields
Norfolk/Suffolk Ring Ouzel y'day just SW of Diss by River Waveney at Cock Street Fen Fields at 1.50pm
Norfolk Turtle Dove Brundall flew over garden
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels (3.males) NE of Holt at High Kelling Equestrian Centre (for 4th day)
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Snettisham Coastal Park at 8.31am
Norfolk no sign of Ring Ouzel Wymondham in 3rd paddock north of abbey along Tiffey Walk
Norfolk Black Redstart fem between Methwold +Cranwich Heath in hedge
Norfolk Curlew Sand still Breydon Water +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Ring Ouzel y'day just SW of Diss by River Waveney at Cock Street Fen Fields