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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 25th May 2020

A beautiful bank holiday with light winds and sunshine throughout. Two Cuckoos were calling during the morning and 4 Cetti's Warblers were counted along the river Hun and Broadwater. Swifts were less numerous today but a Sand Martin, 6 Swallows and 10 House Martins were counted, with 2 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 11 Whitethroats, 13 Sedge Warblers and 2 Reed Warblers also seen. A Whimbrel flew over calling.

A healthy catch of moths today included 23 Cinnabars, 5 Small Elephant Hawks, a Chinese Character, Knot Grass, 2 Bordered Whites, 3 Green Carpets, a Willow Beauty, Small Magpie, 2 Common Marbled Carpet, 2 Sharp-angled Peacocks, 1 Brown Rustic, 2 Fern, 6 Common Wainscot, a Flame Shoulder, 11 White Ermine, 4 Mottled Rustic, a Breckland Plume, 3 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a Swallow Prominent, 6 Treble Lines, 3 Yellow Belles, a Pebble Prominent, 2 Bright-line Brown-eyes, a female Fox Moth, Pine and Privet Hawk Moths, Lyme Grass, Sand Dart and 2 Large Yellow Underwings.

Below: female Fox Moth, Pine Hawk and Fern moth

Hairy Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser, Large Red and Azure Damselflies were around the pond today, and 2 Small Heath, 6 Brown Argus and 2 Green Hairstreaks were noted.

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Norfolk Turtle Dove Narborough Railway Cutting NWT late morning
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle ad flew NE over Mulbarton at 3.05pm
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Downham Market flew east over 2.Ryston End at 2.30pm
Norfolk 5.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park this morning +Spoonbill
Norfolk Osprey Cley NWT early a'noon then flew south along River Glaven