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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 Tuesday 14th July 2020

A Great White Egret was seen again today and three Crossbills flew over heading East. On the sea 15 Common Scoters, 3 Gannets and an adult Med Gull were noted, as were Sandwich, Common and Little Terns, Sandwich being the commoner, with 112 noted in a 40 minute period during the morning.

The moth traps were busy with 43 species recorded which included two Ruby Tigers, Large Twin-spot Carpet, two Oak Eggars, Latticed Heath, Bird Cherry Ermine, Red-barred Totrix and Pine and Eyed poplar Hawk-moths.

A Humming Bird Hawk-moth was also frequenting the Viper's Bugloss on occasions in front of the Observatory building.

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Norfolk Cattle Egret still 2.55pm Hickling Broad NWT +5.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Cattle Egret Hickling Broad NWT at 2.45pm +4.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still in car park this morning
Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell butterfly still this a'noon Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in cherry tree by Reception Hide
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 11.54am Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from visitor centre car park tho distant
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 11.21am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell butterfly still Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in cherry tree by Reception Hide tho elusive
Norfolk 35.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 7.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still 9.41am
Norfolk Pec Sand still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from visitor centre car park at 8.43am