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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 19th June 2020

A day of showers and strong winds, a surprising sighting of 35 Teal and a drake Wigeon near the Broadwater early in the afternoon, with 2 Med Gulls flying over calling and 10+ Swifts feeding near the Observatory. It was otherwise rather quiet, apart from the Black-headed Gulls!

An excellent night for moths with plenty of species. These included Willow Beauty, 6 Silver Ys, 5 Cinnabars, 27 Diamond-backs, Marbled Minor sp, Small Dusty Wave, Brown Rustic, 3 Lyme Grass, Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Sand Darts, 4 Ferns, 2 Common Footman, 2 Barred Yellow, 2 Sharp-angled Peacock, a Water Veneer, Painted Neb, Bordered White, 2 Middle-barred Minor, Pine Hawk Moth, 2 Dwarf Cream Wave, 1 Small Elephant Hawk, a Peppered Moth, the Rustic, Marbled Brown, 3 Barred Straw, a Buff Tip, a Common Swift, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Privet Hawk, Flame, Dog's Tooth, Heart & Club, Beautiful Hook-tip, Poplar Hawk, Heart & Dart, and Marbled White-spot.

Below: Marbled White-spot, Beautiful Hook-tip and Barred Yellow

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Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape. Spoonbill flew west. Also 7.Little Gulls
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Spotted Redshank just E.of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance +2.Spoonbills +Great White Egret briefly. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills y'day flew west over Blakeney Freshmarsh in a'noon
Norfolk Caspian Gull 3s Cley on beach +6.Little Gulls (2s +5.1s) 85.Med Gulls
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still 2mls ESE of Norwich just south of Thorpe St.Andrew +north of River Yare at Thorpe Marshes NWT east of cattle pens by path left of railway bridge