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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.

Friday 9th Octoer 2015

A better day with visible migration including over 1000 arriving Pink-feet, a Merlin, a Jay, 23 unringed Long-tailed Tits in the nets, a Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, 6 Song Thrushes, 3 Stonechats, 2 Tree Sparrows west, 2 Grey and 5 Pied Wagtails, 6 Rock Pipits, a Brambling, 2 Redpolls, 150+ Siskins, and a Lapland Bunting over the NWT. On the sea 1100 Common Scoters, 2 Red-throated Divers and 53 Gannets were seen, and a Humming-bird Hawk Moth was still at the buddleia this afternoon.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens this a/noon at N/end of Garden Drove NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Cley NWT at 18:15 E/of Arnold's Marsh on Wigeon Marsh but distant NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Brancaster 150yds west of Beach Road along path to beach PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton North Dunes in pine plantation NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB this a/noon on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth early a/noon at Caister Road Cemetery NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey in Campsite Wood NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh on pool at W/end
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB at 10:30 on Fen Trail PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting W/over Holme Dunes NNR
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery in South Section NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk 53 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 17:45 NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Snow Bunting Horsey NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Firecrest Wiveton in village this mrng NR25 7TG TG040434
> Norfolk 2 Ring Ouzel (1 Male + 1 Female) Burnham Overy Dunes 10:30 at E/end PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Firecrest Great Yarmouth Cemetery in N/section + 2 Ring Ouzel NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier W/over Burnham Overy Dunes at 08:45 + 2 Ringtail Hen Harrier yesterday evng at Warham Greens PE31 8JJ TF879455