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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 18th July 2020

On the sea today a Fulmar, 3 Little Terns and 14 Sandwich Terns were recorded, and a Great White Egret flew across the grazing marsh mid morning. A Red Kite was over the village and 58 Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff were also of note. A Hobby flew east along the Broadwater, and a Bar-headed Goose of unknown origin was with the Greylag flock.

Moths were abundant today with 75 species caught. Highlights included 2 Small Emerald, Latticed Heath, Oak Eggar, Marbled Clover, Haworth's Pug, 3 Drinkers, Barred Yellow, 2 Kent Black Arches, 2 Ruby Tigers, Clouded Border, Rosy Footman, 3 Mother of Pearl, Nutmeg, 2 Early Thorn, 2 White-line Darts, Dusky Sallow, 2 Pine Hawks, 3 Rustic, Buff Tip, Brown Tail, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Garden Tiger, Fen Wainscot, Bright-line Brown-eye, Small Blood Vein, Silky Wainscot, Webbs Wainscot, Dunbar, Sand Dart, Elephant Hawk, Clay, Dark Arches, and 4 Least Carpets.

Below: Marbled Clover, Webb's Wainscot, Silky Wainscot

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Norfolk 2.Common Scoters (1.drk) Wroxham Broad mid a'noon tho mobile
Norfolk Garganey on Thursday Breydon Water
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +2.Spoonbills still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Cley NWT this morning
Norfolk 18.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey