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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 11th November 2016

A beautiful day with plenty of sunshine and light winds, highlights were 15 Eiders, 120 Common Scoters, 2 Goldeneye, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannets and a Razorbill on the sea, 2 Water Rails calling, 5+ Snipe, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Bearded Tits, a female Blackcap, 2 Waxwings near the NOA car park, 2 Stonechats along the east bank, 5 Rock Pipits, 2 Bramblings and 2 Siskins.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes at 15:25 on beach NE/of Gun Hill PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk 62 Shorelark E/of Holkham Gap on saltmarsh
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton S/along beach at 14:45 + Black-throated Diver S/past at !4:35 NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Great White Egret Haddiscoe Island + Male Hen Harrier at Fritton Marsh TG457011 Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh viewed from A149 NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs Norfolk 53 Shorelark E/of Holkham Bay at 09:45 + Jack Snipe NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Holme NOA by c/pk TF717450
Norfolk 11 Waxwing Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park in c/pk NR21 0LN TF949290
Norfolk 6 Waxwing UEA Broad over medical center this mrng
Norfolk 7 White-fronted Goose Titchwell RSPB + 2 Water Pipit, 2 Long-tailed Duck & 2 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 23 Twite Thornham Harbour on saltmarsh at seaward end of Staithe Lane TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk 3 Waxwing over Titchwell RSPB at 12:25 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 12 Waxwing Costessey in gardens at St.Walstans Close
Norfolk Firecrest Waxham 200yds N/of pipe dump in willows W/of dunes NR12 0DZ TG440261 Norfolk 3 Waxwing Norwich 10;00 at Thickthorn in park & ride c/pk NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk 8 Waxwing Holt off A148 by Kerridge Way opposite Budgens junction NR25 6SP TG082375
Norfolk 3 Little Gull past Sheringham between 07:00 & 09:00 + Short-eared Owl NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Whitlingham CP at 08:42 on Great Broad E/of island
Norfolk 60 Snow Bunting Blakeney Point on shingle W/of Halfway House NR25 7DJ TG007464