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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 Sunday 26th July 2020

A sunny but breezy day, with a Great White Egret seen over the grazing marsh and 8+ Black-tailed Godwits also noted. A Green Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler, 7 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Whitethroats and 4 Bullfinches were also of interest.

Moths included Poplar Hawk, 5 Drinkers, 2 Garden Tigers, 2 Iron Prominents, 6 Dingy Footmen, 8 Common Footmen, 12 Scarce Footmen, 2 Yellow Tails, 4 Rosy Footmen, a Pine Hawk, 4 Ruby Tigers, 3 Riband Waves, 4 Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Uncertains, 2 Knot Grass, 2 Brown-line Bright-eye, 18 Rustics, 7 Brown Tails, a Southern Wainscot, a Lime-speck Pug, 3 Smoky Wainscots, 2 Oak Eggars, a Latticed Heath, 2 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 3 Mothers of Pearl, a Dwarf Cream Wave, a Buff Footman, 2 Shore Wainscots, an Archer's Dart, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, a Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, Mottled Rustic, Bright-line Brown-eye, Single Dotted Wave, Fen Wainscot and Small Fan-footed Wave.

The curious-looking Saltmarsh Plume!

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Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 2.45pm. Car park is full
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Hickling Broad NWT this morning
Norfolk Wood Sand Titchwell RSPB briefly this morning then flew west
Norfolk Roseate Tern ad Snettisham RSPB still midday from South Hide
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Sutton Broad flew west towards Barton Turf at 11.50am
Norfolk 5+Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT +Wood Sand
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew east over Holt Ctry Park at 10.20am
Norfolk Roseate Tern ad Snettisham RSPB flew towards pits at 10.15am
Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly fem Winterton Dunes in oak TG.492.199
Norfolk 44.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 TF.983.437
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still in car park at 8.36am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills
Norfolk 3.Garganey just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn