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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 18th November 2016

A beautiful sunny day with a strong westerly breeze, highlights were an immature Whooper Swan over west, 45 Common Scoters, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, and 5 Red-throated Divers offshore, Barn Owl and Peregrine hunting, at least 15 Twite with Linnets around the saltmarsh at Thornham, and 2 Stonechats along the sea wall to the east.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) between Burnham Market & Docking this a/noon in stubble field with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) S/of Titchwell at 11:00 S/of Choseley crossroads in sugar beet field E/of B1153 Mill Road with Pink-footed Geese + Tundra Bean Goose TF776403 Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) 2mls SSE/of Brancaster this mrng 2/3ml N/of Sunderland Farm in field S/of crossroads with Pink-footed Geese PE31 8AW TF772438
Norfolk 34 Shorelark Holkham Gap at midday
Norfolk Shorelark W/over Sheringham + Red-necked Grebe past E/ NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Thetford at Nunnery Lakes at 08:30 IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk 14 Shorelark Salthouse at Little Eye NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 6 Waxwing S/over Hunstanton Cliffs between 07:15 & 08:15 PE36 5AH TF672409
Norfolk Black-throated Diver off Titchwell RSPB at 14:00 + 5 Long-tailed Duck PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 30 Waxwing Norwich at Jenny Lind Park this mrng NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk 3 Male Hen Harrier Warham Greens in roost this evng NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 19 Long-tailed Duck off Titchwell RSPB + 12 Velvet Scoter, Red-necked Grebe & Slavonian Grebe PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 16 Waxwing Norwich at Bowthorpe between Chapel Break Road & Barnard Road late mrng Norfolk Waxwing Wiveton S/past church at 07:45 NR25 7TG TG040434 Norfolk 4 Velvet Scoter off Hemsby NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Heacham at 09:15 in garden on Lamsey Lane then flew S/ PE31 7AX TF663376 Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946