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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 19th July 2020

A wet start with rain clearing during the morning. Highlights today were a Great White Egret dropping onto the marsh and a Hobby flew east along the Broadwater early afternoon. Two Black-tailed Godwits flew east and  a Stonechat was near the Observatory. A Crossbill flew over the pines west late morning.

Moths were very varied again today with Tree-lichen Beauty, Least Carpet, 15 Common Footmen, 5 Kent Black Arches, 2 Brown Tail, 28 Scarce Footmen, 3 Rosy Footmen, a Willow Beauty, 2 Small Emerald, a Brimstone, Small Waved Umber, 5 Oak Eggars, 7 Drinkers, 22 Rustics, a Garden Pebble, Lyme Grass, 3 Fen Wainscots, Buff Ermine, Lesser Cream Wave, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Latticed Heath, Common Carpet, 3 Mother of Pearl, Rosy Minor, a Sand Dart, Short-cloaked Moth, Sharp-angled Peacock, Cloaked Minor, Archer's Dart, 3 Ruby Tigers, 4 Pine Hawks, a Privet Hawk, Garden Tiger, Chinese Character, Dunbar, Least Yellow Underwing, Ear sp, 2 Uncertain, Dwarf Cream Wave, Mouse Moth, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Brown-line Bright-eye, 2 Dingy Footmen, Early Thorn, 2 White-line Dart, Dark Arches, and Single Dotted Wave all recorded.

Tree Lichen Beauty

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