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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 14th October 2015

The highlight today was the impressive number of Goldcrests again present around the obs, with over two hundred trapped and ringed. At least two thousand Starlings were present along the east bank and other birds of note included at least two Short-eared Owls in off the sea, with one of these seen in the same binocular view as two Gannets which were over the broadwater ! Sea watching produced eight Bonxies and two Arctic Skuas.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Holkham Pines 15:30 in willows W/of crosstracks this a/noon. NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Isabelline Shrike Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 17:45
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler Wells Woods at 16:40 in brambles east of The Dell NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk 1st Winter Isabelline Shrike Beeston Common at 15:40 showing well, walk/NW from layby on A149 then take path/s NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler Wells Woods at 07:50 between The Dell & toilet block on and off early mrng. NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Salthouse at Beach Road just N/of duck pond at dusk in bushes. NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Hemsby this evng. NR29 4JG TG506172
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Waxham still S/of track 800m S/of Shangri-La chalet this evng NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Burnham Overy at 17:00 between the boardwalk & Holkham Pines + Short-eared Owl PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods at 16:55 briefly in trees just E/of seat on path to drinking pool, west of The Dell NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Wells-next-the-Sea today (possible hybrid)
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Great Yarmouth Cemetery in NW/corner of N/section. NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Gorleston-on-Sea at 14:20 on the cliffs. NR31 6PL TG532036
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Burnham Overy in the dunes. PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB today but elusive. + Little Stint PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Waxham 800m S/of Shangri-la chalet + Short-eared Owl in off the sea. NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Warham Greens N/end of Garden Drove at midday NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Warham Greens + Grasshopper Warbler NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Pomarine Skua past Great Yarmouth + 2 Sooty Shearwater, Velvet Scoter & Short-eared Owl NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Common by layby on A149 NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk Pomarine Skua Sheringham between 07:00 & 09:15 + 3 Puffin flew/E & 7 Bonxie NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard E/over Holt CP at 09:20 this mrng. NR25 6SP TG082375
> Norfolk Firecrest Winterton North Dunes + Short-eared Owl NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Long-eared Owl Stiffkey at 17:10 in off the sea, landed in Campsite Wood NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk Osprey Reported N/over Wiveton at 13:00 was in fact a Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey helicopter NR25 7TG TG040434
> Norfolk Sooty Shearwater flew/N Gorleston-on-Sea at 13:13. NR31 6PL TG532036
> Norfolk Osprey N/over Wiveton at 13:00. NR25 7TG TG040434