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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.

Saturday 26th September 2015

A day of good visual migration including over 1000+ arriving Pink-feet, 350+ Teal, 11 Common Buzzards, a Kingfisher, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Bearded Tits, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 9 Mistle Thrushes, a Wheatear, 2 Grey Wagtails, 150 Meadow Pipits, 3 Rock Pipits, 25 Chaffinches, 30 Greenfinches, 2 Redpolls, 6 Siskins and 20 Reed Buntings.

At Walsey Hills a Yellow-browed Warbler was again present and a substantial Buzzard migration was noted in the area involving over 200 birds.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 5 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen at 11:30 NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk 5 Common Crane Winterton Dunes NNR NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Walsey Hills NOA at 14:30 in sallows at S/end NR25 7SA TG062439
> Norfolk Barred Warbler Kelling Water Meadows at 13:25 in brambles SW/of below pines NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens at 12:35 at N/end of Garden Drove NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Leach's Petrel W/past Cley next the Sea at 10:53 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Walsey Hills NOA NR25 7SA TG062439
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Blakeney Freshmarsh at 16:00
> Norfolk 2 Black-throated Diver S/past Winterton Dunes NNR + Velvet Scoter NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Osprey Sparham Pools at 13:10 NR9 5QY TG075178
> Norfolk 5 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water RSPB at E/end. NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Juvenile Hen Harrier Warham Greens NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Woodlark over Beeston Common this mrng
> Norfolk Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water at NE/end. NR31 9QB TG464048