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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.

Sunday 6th November 2016

Strong northerlies dominated again today, with seawatching highlights including 2 Eiders, 328 Common Scoters, 2 Velvet Scoters, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Red-throated Divers, 245 Gannets, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 40 Great Skuas, 7 Little Auks, single Sandwich and Arctic Terns. Also of note were 6 Snipe, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, a Peregrine, 20 Twite with approx. 100 Linnets at Thonrham Harbour, and a Lesser Whitethroat was still active along the east bank near the Observatory. At least 20 Waxwings were still at the west end of Broadwater Road, but mobile.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill at 12:50 PE31 8JJ TF879455 Norfolk 20 Little Auk flew past Winterton-on-Sea + Velvet Scoter late a'noon
Norfolk 12 Common Crane 1ml N/of Horsey Mill in field by AB1159 at 16:00
Norfolk 2 Little Auk flew past Salthouse + 2 Pomarine Skua NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 4 Little Auk flew past Holme next the Sea at 11:00 + 41 Bonxie
Norfolk Glaucous Gull flew past Winterton-on-Sea this a/noon + 3 Little Auk, 2 Sooty Shearwater & 4 Little Gull Norfolk 2 Pomarine Skua flew past Blakeney Point at 12:15 NR25 7DJ TG007464 Norfolk Little Auk flew W/past Sheringham at 15:30 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 5 Sabine's Gull flew past beach c'park Holkham Bay + Glaucous Gull, 3 Pomarine Skua & 4 Sooty Shearwater NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 2 Little Auk flew past beach c'park Cley next the Sea + 2 Sooty Shearwater & 30 Bonxie NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Glaucous Gull Cley next the Sea + Little Auk, Pomarine Skua, Sooty Shearwater & 3 Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck & Red-necked Grebe NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 3 Little Auk Holme Dunes by 11:00 + 2 Velvet Scoter & 38 Bonxie
Norfolk Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling Limpenhoe in garden of Cherry Tree Cottage at 14:08 Norfolk 80 Shorelark Reported Holkham Gap at 13:04 + 2 Water Pipit, 2 Sabine's Gull, 3 Long-tailed Duck & 3 Velvet Scoter
Norfolk 74 Shorelark Holkham Gap this a/noon
Norfolk 8 Little Auk Reported flew past Sheringham + 3 Velvet Scoter NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk Little Auk flew past Holkham Gap at 10:15 + Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Glaucous Gull flew W/past Cromer at 10:50 NR27 9HE TG219423 Norfolk Little Auk Titchwell RSPB between 07:00 & 09:30 + Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver, Arctic Tern & 4 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Glaucous Gull flew past Sheringham between 07:00 & 09:00 + 4 Little Auk, Black-throated Diver, Short-eared Owl & 2 Long-tailed Duck NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Little Auk flew W/past Overstrand by 09:15 + Long-tailed Duck, Shag & Purple Sandpiper near beach huts NR27 0PF TG246410
Norfolk 2 Little Auk flew W/past Cromer by 09:15 + 2 Long-tailed Duck & Velvet Scoter NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk 68 Shorelark on saltmarsh Holkham Bay NR23 1RJ TF892458