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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.

Monday 28th November 2016

A pleasant day, clear and sunny. Highlights included a Spotted Redshank on Lavender Marsh, Peregrine, Kingfisher and Stonechat on the reserve and on the sea a short sea watch produced 20 Common Scoter,  eight Goldeneye, four Red-breasted Mergansers and an Eider.

Norfolk No Sign of Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) 2mls SE/of Docking mid a/noon at Docking Common in SW/of B1454 with Pink-footed Geese but 5 Tundra Bean Goose & 3 Eurasian White-fronted Goose present TF785409
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose 2mls SE/of Docking 11:45 at Docking Common in SW/of B1454 with Pink-footed Geese TF785409
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns at 11:45 in hedgerow 400yds S/of barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Blakeney Freshmarsh 15:00 to 15:20 then flew to Blakeney Harbour Norfolk 1st Winter Caspian Gull (yellow ringed) Sidestrand this mrng on beach NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB at 12:35 W/of beach path PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 3 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes this a/noon in horse field at bottom of Harper's Lane
Norfolk 3 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes in horse paddock at bottom of Harper's Lane early mrng Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs but mobile