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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.

Sunday 25th October 2015

A Short-eared Owl spent most of the day on the grazing marsh in front of the observatory, with a vocal Spotted Redshank around the Broadwater during the afternoon. A noticeable movement of Skylarks took place during the morning, with ten Crossbills, five Brambling and six Siskin also noted. Late Swallows (2) and a House Martin were seen over the broadwater and other birds of note during the day included Greenshank, Peregrine, Stonechat (2) and Kingfisher.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Male Siberian Stonechat Caister-on-Sea late a/noon on E/side of the golf course, access through dunes 400m S/of lifeboat station NR30 5HB TG527119
> Norfolk Shorelark West Runton in bare field E/of c/p at dusk
> Norfolk 1st Winter Caspian Gull W/past West Runton at 08:15 + Lapland Bunting flew SE/from field E/of c/p
> Norfolk Shorelark West Runton E/of clifftop c/p late a/noon
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 15:30 from Fen Hide but distant NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Titchwell RSPB mid a/noon by Parrinder Hide on bank + Water Pipit PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Ranworth Broad NWT late mrng at church NR13 6HS TG358151
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey Mere in13:05 in Ousel Hedge in 4th field on S/side of mere TG456223
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard N/over Horsey at 11:25 NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk 2 Great Grey Shrike Horsey Nelson Head NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk No Sign of Juvenile American Golden Plover Breydon Water by 11:07. NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey 11:07 in dunes NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh 10:40 from Washington Hide + Firecrest TF884451
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Titchwell RSPB + Short-eared Owl PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Probable Black Brant Cley NWT NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk No Sign of Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes by mid mrng + 2 Short-eared Owl on site. NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB 08:15 from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Waxham 07:45 along lane near church NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Berney Marshes RSPB NR30 1SB TG460053
> Norfolk Water Pipit E/of Holkham Gap
> Norfolk Water Pipit Cantley Beet Factory + Short-eared Owl NR13 3JA TG389037
> Norfolk 2 Short-eared Owl Cley next the Sea at 16:20 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Short-eared Owl Somerton Holmes this evng + Ringtail Hen Harrier
> Norfolk 3 Ringtail Hen Harrier Warham Greens at roost. NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Juvenile American Golden Plover Breydon Water early evng opposite rugby club on mud with Lapwing NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Dartford Warbler Winterton-on-Sea
> Norfolk 2 Ringtail Hen Harrier Stiffkey Campsite Wood from campsite c/p mid a/noon NR23 1QF TF964439
> Norfolk 9 Twite Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Water Pipit Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 13:45 NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh mid a/noon. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Black Redstart Cley next the Sea still on Church Roof. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Hardley Flood TM381997
> Norfolk Great Northern Diver past Weybourne early mrng NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Black Redstart Choseley Drying Barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Horsey + 3 Short-eared Owl NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT on Pope's Marsh late mrng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Choseley PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme NOA over grazing marsh. + 10 Common Crossbill over TF717450