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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 25th July 2020

A breezy start with rain and thunder developing later. On the sea 2 Common Scoter, 12 Gannets, 3 Little Terns, 61 Sandwich Terns and 6 Common Terns were recorded, and 2 Great White Egrets were around the grazing marsh all day. A Whimbrel flew over and a Cetti's Warbler was calling from Redwell Marsh. The mysterious Bar-headed Goose was still with the Greylags on the Broadwater.

Moths were varied today with 12 Scarce Footmen, 5 Common Footmen, a Dingy Footman, 7 Small Fan-footed Waves, 2 Cloaked Minors, 3 Mother of Pearls, 36 Rustic, 5 Drinker, 7 Ruby Tigers, a Least Yellow Underwing, a Dusky Sallow, 4 Uncertains, 6 Garden Tigers, a Scalloped Oak, 4 Fen Wainscots, 4 Dark Arches, 2 Straw Underwings, an Archer's Dart, 4 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Riband Waves, 2 Brown Tails, a Yellow Tail, a Black Arches, Mouse Moth, 2 Shore Wainscots, Buff Ermine, 2 Pine Hawks, 2 Marbled Clovers, 2 Clays, a Latticed Heath, a Rosy Minor, Single Dotted Wave, 2 Southern Wainscots, 3 Smoky Wainscots, 2 Rosy Footmen, Poplar Hawk, Pale Prominent, White-line Dart, Kent Black Arches 2 Lesser Cream Wave, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Bright-line Brown-eye, a Spectacle a Campion, 2 Common Rustics and a Light Arches.

Below: Black Arches and Straw Underwing

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Norfolk 4.Garganey (ad.fem +3.young) still Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT
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Norfolk 2.Garganey just east of Wells still 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
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