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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 5th September 2015

Seawatching between 6 and 11am produced 126 Wigeon, 195 Teal, 44 Common Scoters, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Fulmar, 2 Manx and 2 Sooty Shearwaters, a possible Cory's Shearwater, 165 Gannets, 1 Pomarine Skua, 22 Arctic Skuas, 22 Bonxies, a probably Long-tailed Skua, 2 Kittiwakes, 3 Sandwich Terns, 9 Common Terns, 2 Guillemots, and 13 Pintail. A Pied Flycatcher was at the west end of the reserve and a Wheatear was along the sea wall at Thornham.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Great Shearwater W/past Sheringham at 18:56. + 3 Balearic Shearwater & 20 Sooty Shearwater NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Juvenile White-winged Black Tern Filby Broad from viewing platform 18:35 NR29 3HH TG461136
> Norfolk Juvenile White-winged Black Tern Ormesby Broad this a/noon. 15:10 NR29 3LS TG463152
> Norfolk White-winged Black Tern Rollesby Broad at 13:55.
> Norfolk Cory's Shearwater Blakeney Point this mrng. + Balearic Shearwater & 5 Long-tailed Skua NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Adult Long-tailed Skua flew W Weybourne by 08:00. NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Skua Cley next the Sea past by 08:05. + Storm Petrel NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Juvenile Long-tailed Skua Cley next the Sea flew W/off beach at 07:50. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Sooty Shearwater flew N Winterton-on-Sea this evng.
> Norfolk Garganey Hickling Broad NWT on Rushill Scrape early evening NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk Balearic Shearwater Cley NWT past this mrng. + Sooty Shearwater NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Sooty Shearwater Sheringham this a/noon. NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Balearic Shearwater E/past Sheringham at 10:05. NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 22 Arctic Skua Holme NOA Swatch between 06:00-11:00 + 22 Bonxie & Possible Cory's Shearwater TF717450
> Norfolk Balearic Shearwater Winterton-on-Sea this mrng.