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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.

Thusrday 22nd October 2015

With westerlies dominating there was some visible migration this morning with 30 Skylarks, 350 Starlings, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Tree Sparrows, 45 Meadow Pipits, 4 Rock Pipits, 18 Bramblings, 40 Chaffinches, 4 Bullfinches, 125 Greenfinches, 12 Redpolls, 30 Goldfinches, 1 Siskin and 25 Reed Buntings passing over west. On the sea 400+ Common Scoters, 50 Gannets, and a Great Crested Grebe were noted, while Snipe, Spotted Redshank, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Peregrine, and Cetti's Warbler were also of note.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Male Siberian Stonechat Caister-on-Sea at 17:50 in gorse E/of golf course. Park at lifeboat station & walk S/thru dunes for 400yds. NR30 5HB TG527119
> Norfolk 5 Common Crane Hickling at Stubb Mill this evng NR12 0BW TG437220
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Old Hunstanton 700yds E/of golf course club house TF688427
> Norfolk 2 Rough-legged Buzzard Hickling at Stubb Mill this evng + 3 Common Crane NR12 0BW TG437220
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes late a/noon + Short-eared Owl NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Titchwell RSPB over East Trail at 10:00 but no sign since + Spoonbill on freshmarsh & Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Reepham over field at 12:40
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Hickling at Stubb Mill + 2 Rough-legged Buzzard NR12 0BW TG437220
> Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Waxham by church NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk Great White Egret E/over Horsey Cornwer at 14:15 NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Faknenham Creek + Short-eared Owl
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey at 13:57 on telegraph pole W/of road at Horsey Corner + Rough-legged Buzzard over NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk 2 Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey this mrng in area NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns E/of Chalkpit Lane at 12:35 + Male Black Redstart on E/side of Drying Barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard s/over Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey Mill from dunes late mrng + Rough-legged Buzzard
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Waxham Sands Holiday Park at 11:10 in field N/of entrance track NR29 4EJ
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey in off sea at 08:30 NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk 2 Rough-legged Buzzard Winterton North Dunes 1 over dunes & 1 over wood mid mrng NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 6 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Stiffkey at 16:15 over campsite NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk 2 Black Redstart Cley on church roof this a/noon NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Black Redstart Cley NWT on church roof at 09:40 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Short-eared Owl Caister-on-Sea on E/side of golf course + Black Redstart NR30 5HB TG527119
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Caister-on-Sea on E/side of golf course at 08:53 NR30 5HB TG527119
> Norfolk Black Redstart Choseley Drying Barns + Ringtail Hen Harrier over PE31 8PQ TF757420