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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 18th December 2015

Highlights today included the 3 Shorelark still at Thornham Point, 3 drake Velvet Scoters offshore, a Slavonian Grebe and an Iceland Gull at Gore Point. A Merlin was on the beach. 2 Greenshank, a Cetti's Warbler and at least 2 Snow Buntings were also of note.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 3 Great White Egret Welney WWT on Lady Fen PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Blakeney Freshmarsh till 14:45 at N/end by The Quay by track N/of Manor Hotel then flew W/ & no further sign
> Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull Holme Dunes NNR this a/noon on beach at Gore Point
> Norfolk 2 Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard 2mls S/of Titchwell SE/of Choseley Drying Barns at 14:12 1 in 2nd field SE/of barns, 1 in pines 2/3ml N/of Kugden Hill Farm PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Bean Goose over Happisburgh this mrng this mrng + Firecrest & Water Pipit NR12 0PR TG384309
> Norfolk Bean Goose over Happisburgh this mrng this mrng + Firecrest & Water Pipit NR12 0PR TG384309
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Cley next the Sea flew W/just N/of Hilltop at 14:25 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow over Blakeney Freshmarsh till 14:15 at N/end of The Quay by track N/of The Manor Hotel then flew E/
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT mid a/noon on E/side of Beach Road with Dark-bellied Brent Geese + AD Pale-bellied Brent Goose NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Common Crane near Horsey Mill in field + Ringtail Hen Harrier Ludham Airfield, 29 Bewick's Swan & 8 Whooper Swan
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Blakeney Harbour at 12:45 by The Quay opposite The Manor Hotel TG028441
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham Harbour at seaward end of Staithe Lane on beach by harbour mouth + Slavonian Grebe Holme off The Firs TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow over Blakeney Freshmarsh this a/noon
> Norfolk Cattle Egret SW/of Sea Palling by Hickling Road in cattle field opposite Lound Cottage this a/noon showing well NR12 0UX TG432271
> Norfolk 3 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh 500yds along sea wall by pools at junction of paths late mrng + 7 Twite
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy on beach N/of Gun Hill, access along boardwalk PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk 2 Bean Goose over Winterton + 2 White-fronted Goose NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull Holme Dunes NNR on beach at Gore Point + 3 Drake Velvet Scoter offshore
> Norfolk 3 Ringtail Hen Harrier Roydon Common NNR at 16:10 PE32 1AT TF680229
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Water Pipit Cley next the Sea 15:28 by windmill at boat moorings NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Mealy Redpoll Reported Weybourne this mrng with 80 Lesser Redpolls NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe at 10:30 in harbour PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Slavonian Grebe off Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB + Great Northern Diver offshore PE31 8BB TF759436