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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 Monday 20th July 2020

On the sea today 46 Common Scoters, a Little Tern, 165 Sandwich Terns and 3 Common Terns were seen, with 6 Med Gulls in Thornham Harbour, a Green and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers in the area, a Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 7 Whitethroats, 4 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers, a juvenile Stonechat and 2 Bullfinches also of note. A Bar-headed Goose was with the Greylags on the Broadwater.

Moths included 5 Rosy Footmen, 17 Scarce and 17 Common Footmen, 13 Rustics, a Chinese Character, a Small Scallop, a Shore Wainscot, 6 Ruby Tiger, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, 5 Least Carpet, 6 Uncertains, a Beautiful Hook-tip, a Silver Y, 2 Oak Eggars, a Dark Sword-grass, 5 Single Dotted Waves, a Yellow-tail, a Clouded Border, a Buff Tip, 2 Smoky Wainscots, 2 Brown-line Bright-eye, a Mother of Pearl, a Peppered Moth, a Sharp-angled Peacock, a Least Yellow Underwing, a Clay, Lyme Grass, Dark Arches, Buff Ermine, Nutmeg and Archer's Dart.

Below: Dark Sword-grass

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