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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 2nd August 2020

On the sea today 17 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars, 3 Gannets, 2 Little Terns, 133 Sandwich Terns, 10 Common Terns and 4 Little Gulls were recorded. A total of 61 Black-tailed Godwits were seen on the beach and in Thornham Harbour, and 6 Whimbrel flew over calling, with a Med Gull also of interest. Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen in the village. Four Stonechats were along the sea wall to Thornham and a Great White Egret flew over the grazing marsh.

Another very good selection of moths included 2 Least Carpet, 2 Oak Eggar, 9 Yellow Tail, 4 Pine Hawks, 16 Scarce Footmen, 4 Common Footmen, 2 Dusky Sallows, 6 Ruby Tigers, 4 Rosy Footmen, 2 Clay, 4 Marbled Clover, 8 Cloaked Minor, 16 Drinker, 2 Small Waved Umber, 17 Rustic, 3 Dingy Footmen, a Lime-speck Pug, a Crescent Striped, 4 Archer's Darts, an Early Thorn, 5 Straw Underwings, a Small Scallop, 3 Flounced Rustic, Lyme Grass, Fen Wainscot, 3 Straw Dot, a Pebble Hook-tip, a Pale Prominent, 2 Garden Tiger, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, a Coast Dart, Lychnis, Silver Y, 2 Tree-lichen Beauties, 2 Turnips and a Humming-bird Hawk Moth.

Butterflies today included Brown Argus, Small Heath and another brief appearance by yesterday's Silver-washed Fritillary.

Below: Another superb Tree-lichen Beauty

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Norfolk 8+Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies (all males)Thompson Common still late morning
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 10.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills just east of Wells 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 TF.932.431
Norfolk Spoonbill juv Cley NWT still at Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle Roydon Common NWT
Norfolk Little Gull ad flew west past Beeston Regis at 7.30am