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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 Thursday 28th May 2020

Another dry and sunny day with a cooling breeze. A Common Tern was flying over the Broadwater and 3 Sand Martins were feeding above the pines. A Red Kite drifted over west mobbed by Shelduck, and a summer plumage Golden Plover was still south of the River Hun. The Cuckoo was calling id morning from the back of Drove Orchard, and a young Stonechat was near the Observatory in the afternoon.

A female Black-tailed Skimmer was directed out of the Heligoland trap and around the pond 4 Large Red and 3 Azure Damselflies were counted. Butterflies included Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Brown Argus and a single Green Hairstreak.

In the moth traps a White Point, 13 Cinnabar, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 6 Small Elephant Hawks, 2 Treble Lines, a Sand Dart, 3 White Ermines, 6 Mottled Rustics, a Heart and Dart, a Swallow Prominent, Angle Shades, Iron Prominent, Common Wainscot, 2 Brown Rustics and a Rosy Wave.

The Emperor Moth caterpillars continue to grow apace:

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Norfolk 15+Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT +1w.Spoonbill
Norfolk White Stork flew over Hickling Broad NWT at 2.30pm
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Alderford Common
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Burnham Overy Marshes over pool east of track to dunes mid morning
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem Hickling Broad NWT still west of Horsey Mere tho distant