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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.

Tuesday 1st November 2106

With the wind from the North attention turned to the sea, with  an hours sea watch producing a count of 106 Gannet, 11 Great  and 3 Arctic Skuas, which was somewhat quieter than hoped. On the Broadwater there were four Goldeneye and a Kingfisher at the western end, and at least six Twite were along the seawall towards Thornham Harbour.

Two of the four Goldeneye on the Broadwater -Holme Obs, Novemeber 2106
Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Little Auk flew W/past Sheringham 15:35 + Scaup NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew past Sheringham + 15 Pomarine Skua, 6 Sooty Shearwater & Arctic Tern, 250 Bonxie's & 20 Arctic Skua NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 20 Pomarine Skua flew past Cley next the Sea + Red-necked Grebe & 10 Scaup NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Little Auk flew W/past Cley next the Sea at 14:40 + Long-tailed Skua & 16 Pomarine Skua NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Sabine's Gull flew E/past Cley next the Sea + 6 Pomarine Skua & 2 Sooty Shearwater NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Sabine's Gull flew E/past Sheringham + 2 Sooty Shearwater & 2 Manx Shearwater NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Sabine's Gull flew E/past Cley next the Sea at 10:40 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 3 Snow Bunting Winterton-on-Sea on North Beach
Norfolk 2 Puffin Hopton-on-Sea flew S/past + Scaup & Snow Bunting flew/N NR31 9SE TM535997 Norfolk Snow Bunting Gramborough Hill at 13:15 NR25 7XW TG085441
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB flew W/offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Hunstanton in tall tree between Nelson Drive/Evans Gardens at 13:15 PE36 5AH TF672409
Norfolk 2 Velvet Scoter flew past Sidestrand this mrng NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Water Pipit Thornham on drained pool PE36 6NZ TF737438
Norfolk 4 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 5 Velvet Scoter flew W/past Cley next the Sea + Great Northern Diver & Long-tailed Duck NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Velvet Scoter flew W/past Overstrand at 07:34 NR27 0PF TG246410