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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.

Monday 14th December 2015

Seawatching produced 4 Pintail, 3 Eider, 500 Common Scoters, 4 Velvet Scoters, 9 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Goosanders, 12 Red-throated Divers, 27 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Kittiwakes and 2 Guillemots. Also of note were a ring-tail Hen Harrier hunting the lavender marsh, a Waxwing west over the forestry, Merlin, Peregrine, 3 Shorelark and 2 Snow Buntings still on the east end of Holme beach, a single Twite in Thornham Harbour, and a single Redpoll over calling.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB at 15:00 TF650328
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB at 11:05 TF650328
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB + Ringtail Hen Harrier TF650328
> Norfolk Cattle Egret SW/of Sea Palling this a/noon by Hickling Road opposite Lound Cottages NR12 0UX TG432271
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham Harbour 14:10 at beach on W/side of Harbour mouth TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk 20 Taiga Bean Goose Cantley Marshes RSPB TG378039
> Norfolk Great White Egret Snettisham RSPB at 11:00 TF650328
> Norfolk 2 Shorelark Burnham Overy Staithe N/of Gun Hill on the beach
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT E/of Babcock Hide + 150 Dark-bellied Brent Goose NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 9 Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Sculthorpe Moor NR21 9GN TF901303
> Norfolk 13 Snow Bunting Winterton-on-Sea on North Beach late a/noon
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe in the harbour PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Adult Shag Wells at Wells Quay NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on drained pool W/of main f/p PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Waxwing Sheringham at St.Joseph Road NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Purple Sandpiper Sheringham NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 2 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB on the sea PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe showing well in the harbour mid mrng PE31 8BJ TF794442