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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 21st June 2020

A wet and windy start with sunny spells developing later on. Highlights today included a passage of 650 Starlings west, 60+ Swifts and a drake Wigeon still around the Broadwater. Two Sandwich Terns and a Little Tern passed offshore with 3 Med Gulls also noted, a Turtle Dove was heard near the paddocks, a Barn Owl was hunting at the east end of the village, and in the dunes a male Lesser Whitethroat was still singing and 4+ Stonechats were noted.

Butterflies emerged during the day with 2 Painted Ladies, 6 Meadow Browns and 2 Red Admirals counted. A female Black-tailed Skimmer was near the bus-stop hide and in the moth traps 3 Cinnabars, 1 Buff Ermine, Eyed, Privet and Pine Hawk Moths, 3 Middle-barred Minors, a Silver Y, a Sand Dart, Buff Tip, Barred Straw, Bordered White, 4 Common Swifts, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, Clay, Mottled Beauty, Brown Rustic, Mottled Rustic and Spectacle were in the moth traps.

Eyed Hawk Moth:

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Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still in car park mid a'noon
Norfolk 7+Little Gulls Cley off beach car park
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB on pits late morning
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands Cley NWT
Norfolk 5.Little Gulls Cley NWT +Spoonbill Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water at east end