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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 Thursday 16th July 2020

Two Great White Egrets were seen over the grazing marshes mid morning, and a Crossbill was calling in the pines early afternoon. Two Sandwich Terns flew along the Broadwater and 6+ Whimbrel, 10 Curlew and 9 Black-tailed Godwits were also counted over the marsh. Unsettled weather also produced a count of 30+ Swifts over the dunes.

In the moth traps 5 Garden Tigers, a Least Carpet, 13 Common Footmen, a Common Carpet, Single Dotted Wave, 6 Scarce Footman, 1 Peppered Moth, 2 Buff Ermine, 1 Small Emerald, 2 Kent Black Arches, a Striped Wainscot, Silver Y, 2 Rustic, 4 Uncertain, 3 Dark Arches, a Common Pug, 3 Dark Arches, 2 Cinnabars, a Latticed Heath, 3 Early Thorns, a Yellow Tail, 4 Rosy Footmen, 2 Brown-line Bright Eyes, a Brown Tail, 2 Oak Eggars, 2 Pine Hawks, 2 Ruby Tigers, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, a Smoky Wainscot, an Archer's Dart, a Clay, 2 Common Rustics, a Sand Dart, a Lyme Grass and a Lesser Cream Wave were caught.

Below: Least Carpet

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Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool from visitor centre car park late a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT
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Norfolk Honey Buzzard between Holt +Cley from road late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret on Monday Titchwell RSPB +5.Spoonbills Spotted Redshank. Reserve now open