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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.

Thursday 17th November 2016

A day of rough weather with rain arriving at lunch time. A huge count of Teal on the Broadwater (over 1000) was brought to notice by a passing ring-tail Hen Harrier which drifted east along the southern edge during the morning.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) 2mls SSE/of Brancaster 2/3ml N/of Sunderland Farm in field S/of crossroads at 12:20 with Pink-footed Geese PE31 8AW TF772438
Norfolk 9 Lapland Bunting over Sheringham + 7 Little Gull past/E & 2 Velvet Scoter NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 1st Winter Caspian Gull Gorleston-on-Sea on seafront NR31 6PL TG532036
Norfolk 20 Shorelark Salthouse at Little Eye late mrng NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Cattle Egret Bradwell at Gapton Marshes in cattle field at 07:44
Norfolk 10 Long-tailed Duck off Titchwell RSPB + Scaup, 10 Velvet Scoter & 10 Twite in Thornham Harbour PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 40 Snow Bunting Cley NWT on shingle bank NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Hooded Crow 1/2ml W/of Aylmerton by A148 near St.Andrews School this a/noon
Norfolk 25 Waxwing Norwich over Portland Street this a/noon NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk 40 Waxwing Bowthorpe between Chapel Break Road & Barnard Road
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB + 2 Hen Harrier & 4 Velvet Scoter offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 7 Velvet Scoter off Hopton-on-Sea NR31 9SE TM535997
Norfolk Hen Harrier Haddiscoe Island TG457011 Norfolk Drake Scaup 4mls SE/of King's Lynn at Foster's End GP PE30 2QA TF631204
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Cley NWT on Watling Water from Babcock Hide NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 10 Waxwing
Norwich at Institute of Food Research by reception at 11:00 NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk 10 Waxwing Norwich at Jenny Lind Park at 10;25 NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk Water Pipit Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 10:35 from hide NR13 4HW TG351056