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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 22nd January 2016

A wet miserable day, with the most notable birds being the large numbers of 450+ Wigeon and 500 Teal that remain on and around the broadwater.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Sperm Whale Hunstanton at 18:05 on rocks below Salad Bowl Cafe + 2 dead Sperm Whales PE36 5AH TF672409
> Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Horsey Corner this a/noon with Pink-foote Geese + Eurasian White-fronted Goose & 4 Hen Harrier (Male + 3 Ringtail) at Stubb Mill roost NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide this mrng NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk 2 Caspian Gull Blackborough End Tip in field by A47 mid a/noon then flushed PE32 1SF TF667149
> Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 15:30 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard SSE/of Titchwell 1/2ml E/of Choseley Drying Barns over pines SE/of barns at 14:30 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Serin Downham Market mid a/noon on rough ground off concrete road to sewage works N/of level crossing & E/of railway.Park by Fairfield Road & walk N/for 200yds
> Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh at 12:20. Go thru NT Gate on bend in sea wall to view fence after 80yds
> Norfolk 1st Winter Grey Phalarope Cley NWT from Babcock Hide at 10:40 but elusive NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Great White Egret W/of Norwich at Bowthorpe Marsh at 08:25 N/of B1108 by River Yare on flood below Colney Church TG178080
> Norfolk 6 Hen Harrier (2 Male + 4 Ringtail) Warham Greens in roost this evng NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Cley NWT from Babcock Hide but elusive NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Hen Harrier (1 Male + 2 Ringtail) Warham Greens in roost NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Tottenhill GPs in SE/corner at 14:55
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on drained grazing pool + Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 9 Snow Bunting Great Yarmouth on North Beach NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle on N/side near give sign PE35 6EJ TF672278