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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 Sunday 24th May 2020

Lighter winds today brought more birds and insects out into view. A Spoonbill was asleep on one leg near the Broadwater Hide, and a summer plumage Golden Plover was on the grazing marsh with 4 Black-tailed Godwits and a Whimbrel also noted. Over 100 Swifts were counted moving through with 15 Swallows and 20 House Martins also heading west, and a Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warblers and 5 Whitethroats also seen. A Black Swan was at the back of the marsh.

Moths were a little more numerous today too, with 2 Cinnabars, 4 Small Elephant Hawks, a Pebble Prominent, one Muslin, 3 White Ermine, 2 Heart & Dart, a Light Brocade, Brown Rustic, 2 Turnip Moths, a Sand Dart, one Mottled Rustic, Common Wainscot, 2 Flame Shoulder, Single Square Spot Miller and Northern Drab in the traps.

Around the pond a Hairy Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser, 8 Large Red Damselflies, 2 Blue-tailed and 2 Azure Damselflies were counted, and butterflies included Brown Argus, Common Blue, Speckled Wood and Wall Brown.

Below: Light Brocade, Miller and Azure Damselfly

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Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail male north of Felmingham in field at 9.45am then flew north