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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 23rd July 2020

A one and a half hour seawatch today produced 10 Teal passing west, 73 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 23 Gannets, 6 Turnstones, 5 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 3 Little Terns, 86 Sandwich Terns and 7 Common Terns. Five Med Gulls were in Thornham Harbour, and 15 Sand Martins passed west along the dunes, with a juvenile Wheatear along the east bank and single Grey and Yellow Wagtails passing overhead. A Whimbrel flew over calling and 100+ Curlew and 100+ Black-tailed Godwits were also recorded. The suspicious Bar-headed Goose was still with the Greylag flock.

There were plenty of moths with 13 Common Footmen, 11 Scarce Footmen, 4 Least Carpet, a Shaded Broad-bar, Small Emerald, 17 Rustic, 6 Ruby Tiger, Single Dotted Wave, Smoky Wainscot, Sharp-angled Peacock, 4 Rosy Footmen, 2 Yellow Tails, 1 Small Scallop, Oak Eggar, 2 Pine Hawk, 1 Poplar Hawk, 2 Kent Black Arches, 2 Brown-line Bright-eye, a Garden Tiger, a Rosy Rustic, a Tree Lichen Beauty (which flew straight out of the trap!), a Bright-line Brown-eye, 2 Archer's Darts, 2 Southern Wainscots, 6 Uncertains, 3 Dark Arches, a Sand Dart, a Lyme Grass, a Latticed Heath, a Small Elephant Hawk, 2 Shore Wainscots, a Haworth's Pug, a Fen Wainscot, a Buff Ermine, 2 Common Rustic, a Shuttle-shaped Dart, a Riband Wave, a Drinker, and during the day a Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the Viper's Bugloss.

Butterflies included Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, a Ringlet, 2 Brown Argus, Peacock, Red Admiral and Large White.

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Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham RSPB this morning
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Snettisham RSPB still this morning
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew NW over Runham at 12.45pm
Norfolk 6.Garganey (ad.fem +5.young) still Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew west over Winterton-on-Sea at 11.25am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew north over Hickling Broad late morning
Norfolk no sign of reported male.Little Crake SE of Irstead by River Ant just south of Irstead Staithe last night 10.30pm-1.30am TG.368.203
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Roseate Terns (both ads) Eccles-on-Sea on beach
Norfolk Little Gull Cley NWT