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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 31st July 2020

On the sea today 10 Gannets, one Little Tern, one Black Tern, an adult Arctic Tern, 156 Sandwich Terns and 8 Common Terns were counted. Waders included a Green Sandpiper at Gore Point, 2 Whimbrel over calling and 15 Black-tailed Godwits. A Juvenile Cuckoo was in the dunes.

With very high temperatures it was a good day for insects with male Emperor Dragonfly on the wing and butterflies included Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Red Admiral and Wall Brown.

In the moth traps a Dark Crimson Underwing was a special addition to the Observatory list and other moths were 5 Drinkers, 6 Garden Tigers, 4 Ruby Tigers, 4 Scarce Footman, 3 Common Footman, 6 Straw Underwing, 11 Rustic, 4 Cloaked Minor, a White-point, Brown-line Bright-eye, Smoky Wainscot, 2 Flounced Rustic, Small Waved Umber, Silver Y, 2 Yellow Tails, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Pale Prominent, Common Rustic, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, Kent Black Arches, Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, White-line Dart and Least Carpet.

Dark Crimson Underwing

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Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly Blickling Hall Lake
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Welney WWT still +Cattle Egret Great White Egret
Norfolk 3.Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies Thompson Common still on 1st muddy pool right of main car park
Norfolk Honey Buzzard fem Sutton flew east over Moor Road at midday
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes y'day Welney WWT still
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still at Patsy's Pool