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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 23rd September 2016

With winds increasing from the south west there was less visible migrant activity today, however there was still plenty of interest, including 9 Pintail, 860 Common and a single Velvet Scoter on the sea, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 1 Fulmar, 42 Gannets, 4 Great Crested Grebes and 55 Sandwich Terns, Common and Green Sandpipers and Greenshank on the grazing marsh, a Swift past the Observatory in the morning was a late record, Hobby and Peregrine were noted and 5 Buzzards were seen drifting south west, while 3 Bearded Tits were around the Broadwater, 5 Whinchats and a Wheatear were near the corner of Thornham Bank, and 3 Stonechats were also of interest. A single Grey Wagtail was also recorded.

Norfolk News from Birdnet Norfolk Possible Pallid Harrier S/over Walsey Hills NOA 11:05 - 11:1:10 + 2 Honey Buzzard thru S/ NR25 7SA TG062439
Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods this mrng + 2 Pied Flycatcher NR23 1DR TF909453
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Sheringham + 2 Pied Flycatcher NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens early evng at N/end of Garden Drove with Tit flock NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Wryneck Beeston Bump at 16:15 on S/side but elusive NR26 8DB TG167432 Norfolk Caspian Gull W/past Weybourne Camp this mrng NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Burnham Overy Dunes E/of boardwalk this a/noon + Whinchat PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Wryneck Beeston Bump at 12:45 near the dell + Redstart NR26 8DB TG167432
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB at 12:25 near start of Meadow Trail + 2 Whinchat on East Trail & 3 Curlew Sandpiper on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 30 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen late mrng NR23 1QW TF990438
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 11:10 from Washington Hide NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens 10:50 at N/end of Garden Drove NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods at 08:20 on W/side of The Dell NR23 1DR TF909453 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines at 10:20 300yds W/of Lady Anns's Drive with tit flock
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 10:25 from Washington Hide + Yellow-browed Warbler in wood with tit flock NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Mundesley by clifftop path at Mundesley Holiday Village then flew off