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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.

Saturday 19th November 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose Docking 1ml N/of Docking. E/of Chosely Rd with pink footed TF785409
Norfolk White-billed Diver flew W/past Titchwell RSPB at 10:33 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose Docking at 10:05 c1ml N/of Docking & E/of Choseley road with Pink-footed Geese + 4 Bean Goose TF785409
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose Docking at 09:30 in stubble field then flew/W with Pink-footed Geese TF785409
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard at Ken Hill Snettisham on grazing marsh at 11:00 TF650328
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide NR23 1RN TF888439 Norfolk 1st Winter Caspian Gull Cley next the Sea on Simmond's Scrape this evng NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island + Hen Harrier in Waveney Forest & 3 Short-eared Owl TG457011
Norfolk 9 Common Crane Hickling Broad NWT at Stubb Mill + 2 Hen Harrier NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk Little Auk Hemsby on sea briefly late mrng + 8 Velvet Scoter NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk 20 Shorelark Blakeney Point by wooden hut + 70 Snow Bunting NR25 7DJ TG007464 Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT at 11:50 on pools at n/end of East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 32 Lapland Bunting Reported just S/of Gramborough Hill in fields & on shingle NR25 7XW TG085441
Norfolk 11 Shorelark Salthouse at 10:00 just W/of Little Eye NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on pools at N/end of East Bank + 19 Snow Bunting on shingle E/of Arnold's Marsh & Long-tailed Duck from Babcock Hide on Watling Water NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 8 Shorelark Salthouse at Little Eye at 08:40 + 20 Snow Bunting & 15 Twite NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Velvet Scoter flew NW/past Sidestrand NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Rockland Broad early evng NR14 7HP TG328047
Norfolk 2 Ringtail Hen Harrier Roydon Common NWT at 16:15
Norfolk 8 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB + 12 Long-tailed Duck, Water Pipit & Hen Harrier PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Scaup Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 12 Velvet Scoter Brancaster + 6 Long-tailed Duck late mrng PE31 8AW TF772438
Norfolk 4 Hawfinch Stanton Warren in lime at Field Barn opposite ride.24 at 14:20
Norfolk Purple Sandpiper Hunstanton at 11:00 near Pier amusements at high tide PE36 5AH TF672409
Norfolk 28 Waxwing Bowthorpe Marsh at 13:50 on Charles Watling Way
Norfolk 40 Waxwing Norwich at Jenny Lind Park this mrng NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Beeston Common along main East path then flew/N NR26 8RX TG165425
Norfolk 5 Velvet Scoter Hopton-on-Sea NR31 9SE TM535997
Norfolk 3 Hen Harrier Warham Greens (2 males) mid mrng NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 10 Snow Bunting Great Yarmouth at outer harbour on mound viewed from Gorleston pier at 07:35 NR30 1EB TG531078
Norfolk 6 Waxwing Bowthorpe between Chapel Break Road & Barnard Road