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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.

Wednesday 30th September 2015

On the sea today 74 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 2 Eiders, 2000 Common Scoters, 10 Red-throated Divers, a Fulmar, 49 Gannets, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Arctic Skuas and 5 Bonxies, a Razorbill and 5 Guillemots, and 22 Sandwich Terns were noted. At high tide this morning a total of @ 50,000 Knot were counted at Gore Point with 1,500 Bar-tailed Godwits and 1150 Grey Plover also seen. Barn Owl and Kingfisher were also of interest, together with a single Swallow, another Cetti's Warbler ringed, a Whinchat and a Wheatear near the entrance gate at NWT, Grey Wagtail and Tree Pipit over calling together with at least 15 Redpolls and 2 Siskins. A Firecrest and a Yellow-browed Warbler were also on the NWT during the day.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 4 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on saltmarsh towards Brancaster PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Cley NWT at 16:30 at Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB this a/noon. + 2 Curlew Sandpiper today. & 4 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Arnold's Marsh at 16:30. TG053440
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Blakeney Point 13:00 over The Hood NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Harrier sp. Acle Bridge at 14:00 E/of Stacey Arms NR13 3AS TG413116
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines late mrng N/of crosstracks + Redstart
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Weybourne + Firecrest NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB Meadow Trail/Fen Trail junction at 12:15 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB at 12:32 on freshmarsh. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery by entrance gates. NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB at 08:00 50m along N/end of Meadow Trail by first cut grass area PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB roosted. + Short-eared Owl PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 5 White-fronted Goose E/past Brancaster this a/noon. PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes late a/noon. NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Whinchat Holme NWT in the mrng. TF715449
> Norfolk Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Firecrest Great Yarmouth Cemetery this a/noon. NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk Firecrest Horsey at 11:00 S/of Nelson Head track in bushes by first set of wooden steps NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Firecrest Winterton South Dunes at 13:30 S/of Hermanus restaurant NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Whinchat Winterton North Dunes + Firecrest NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 3 Osprey Elsing atThree Bridges Farm showing well between 10:20 & 10:40 then flew towards Sparham Pools NR20 3EQ
> Norfolk Balearic Shearwater Cley NWT briefly on the sea at 10:21 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB at 08:45 TF650328
> Norfolk Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water + 6 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Osprey Blakeney Point at 07:54 over dunes towards Far Point NR25 7DJ TG007464