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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 Friday 29th May 2020

Another beautiful day, the highlights today were 4 Little Terns, 28 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns passing offshore, a Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoos, 5 Swifts, a Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 7 Sedge Warblers, and 3 Reed Warblers. A family of young Moorhens was on the Broadwater, and a single Brent Goose was at Thornham.

Moths were 2 Bordered Whites, 5 Cinnabars, a Small Elephant Hawk, Sharp-angled Peacock, 2 Lyme Grass, 4 Treble Lines, a Flame Shoulder, Common Marbled Carpet, Breckland Plume, 4 Mottled Rustic, 2 Sand Darts, a Middle-barred Minor, 2 White Ermine, a Vine's Rustic, the Flame, a Muslin, Pine Hawk, a Broad-barred White and Setaceous Hebrew Character.

Below: Lyme Grass and Broad-barred White

Butterflies included 2 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Brown Argus and 4 Small Heath, and two Four-spotted Chasers, 4 Azure Damselflies and 4 Large Red Damselflies were counted.

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Norfolk FRANKLIN'S GULL reported y'day Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem Hickling Broad NWT still this a'noon
Norfolk White Stork west of Ludham still 1.50pm north of Johnson Street on roof at bottom of Turf Fen Lane. View from river bank just south of How Hill
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Turtle Dove on Wednesday Sidestrand
Norfolk probable Temminck's Stint y'day Breydon Water flew past North Wall at 7.42pm then flew high south