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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 Saturday 2nd May 2020

Seawatching this morning produced 11 Brent Geese east, 2 Fulmars west, an adult Gannet, one Little Tern, 22 Sandwich Terns and 3 Auk sp flying east. The Cuckoo was calling on and off during the day, and an adult Med Gull was of note, with 6 Swallows passing and 3 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroats, 8 Sedge Warblers, and a Reed Warbler recorded.

The moth traps were a little busier but no new species today; 4 Northern Drabs, a Pine Beauty, a Shuttle-shaped Dart, 5 Muslins, a Powdered Quaker and a Chocolate Tip were caught.

Butterflies included 2 Small Coppers, 2 Green Hairstreaks, a Wall, 4 Peacocks, 4 Orange Tips and 3 Green-veined Whites.

The Yellow Flag is beginning to come out around the pond, and the newts are still to be seen.

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Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels west of Aylmerton this morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Heacham flew north over Lamsey Lane at 2.10pm
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Sheringham flew west over Beeston Bump at 8.55am