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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 30th September 2016

Another day of strong south-westerlies, however some birds were getting through, with a marked arrival of Pink-feet totalling over 350 by the middle of the afternoon. Seawatching produced 32 Brent Geese, 50 Common Scoters, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 39 Gannets, and 2 Sandwich Terns. Along Thornham Bank a total of 8 Whinchats were counted, with 2 Stonechats and a Wheatear also present. A Kingfisher was around the Broadwater and at least 30 Swallows were still present. A white Starling was also seen again on the grazing marsh.

Small Copper and Comma butterflies were noted, with many Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers in the pines.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen late a/noon + 2 Curlew Sandpiper NR23 1QW TF990438
Norfolk Great White Egret over Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park at 15:00 NR21 0LN TF949290
Norfolk 3 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Point on tideline this evng NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 09:00 from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066 Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose W/past Weybourne at 07:35 + 3 Puffin NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide at midday PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Common on E/side along path by bench near bungalows at 10:00 NR26 8RX TG165425
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Lapland Bunting E/over Thornham Point at 08:15 Norfolk 4 Little Stint Cley NWT from Daukes Hide NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide + Little Stint PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 3 Great Northern Diver E/past Sheringham this mrng NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 8 Whinchat Holme NOA by coastal path to Thornham TF717450
Norfolk 2 Black-necked Grebe Snettisham RSPB from Shore Hide at 14:45 + Rock Pipit near Rotary Hide TF650328
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB early mrng on freshmarsh + 2 Curlew Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436