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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 28th July 2020

A rather windy day meant that birds were a bit harder to come by, that said birds recorded included a Spoonbill heading west over the Grazing Marsh, a Greenshank around the Broadwater along with over a hundred Black-tailed Godwits.

A Humming Bird Hawk Moth was again feeding on the Vipers Bugloss, and the moth trap held 37 species included a rather smart Red Twin Spot Carpet pictured below.
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Norfolk no sign of ad.Roseate Tern Snettisham RSPB by 2.35pm (but 5.ad.Arctic Terns on tidal mud. singing male.Turtle Dove in car park)
Norfolk 4.Garganey (ad.fem +3.young) still Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 7.45am
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk Spoonbill juv Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk Wood Sand Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk 5.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum