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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 Saturday 11th July 2020

Seawatching today produced 150 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, a Fulmar, 12 Gannets and 59 Sandwich Terns. A flock of 180+ Black-tailed Godwits were at Thornham Harbour together with 60 Curlew. Three immature Spoonbills flew west along the dunes and a Grasshopper Warbler was heard in the paddocks early morning. Two Siskins flew west over the Observatory.

Around the reserve Small Heath, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper were noted. In the moth traps 18 Common Footmen, 4 Scarce Footmen, 2 Cinnabars, 4 Dwarf Cream Waves, a Diamond-back, a Small Emerald, a Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Uncertains, a Marbled Minor sp, 2 Mottled Rustics, 2 Rustics, 1 Silver Y, 1 Nutmeg, 2 Brown Tail, a Short-cloaked Moth, a Kent Black Arches, an Early Thorn, Peppered Moth, The Clay, a Rosy Footman, and a Heart & Dart were caught.

Below - The Rustic and Round-winged Muslin moths

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Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad again 1.30pm just east of Wells at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance from north side. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk no sign of ad.Lesser Yellowlegs just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance this a'noon (but 5.Spoonbills). Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad just east of Wells 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 30.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen +Great White Egret. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Scaup drk still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +8.Spoonbills still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Little Gull y'day Weybourne Camp