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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 22nd November 2016

A windy and wet day allowed for only limited coverage; a Short-eared Owl was seen along the entrance track in the morning with Barn and Tawny Owls also noted in the afternoon. Six Song Thrushes were in the buckthorn late afternoon, a Siskin was heard in the car park and a Red-breasted Merganser was noted passing west offshore.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 3 Little Auk flew past Hemsby + 9 Velvet Scoter, Great Northern Diver & 2 Scaup NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk 3 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes in horse field at bottom of Harper's Lane
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Docking at 15:00 with pink footed TF785409
Norfolk Probable 15 Taiga Bean Goose Reported Buckenham Marshes RSPB tho distant at 14:06 + 30 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Great White Egret Bowthorpe Marsh Norfolk Great White Egret flew/S over Colney GPs at 11:30 towards Bowthorpe Marsh
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose Syderstone in sugar beet field with pink-footed TF838336 Norfolk 12 Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB on beach + Water Pipit PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB on the sea PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 8 Waxwing Bowthorpe at Chapel Break Rd at 14:40
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 70 Waxwing Bowthorpe Marsh flew off from Tole Junction
Norfolk 6 Snow Bunting Cley NWT at 13:01 between Eye Field & beach NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 20 Waxwing Bowthorpe a Chapel Break this a/noon
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Ormesby Broad early a'noon from viewing platform tho distant NR29 3LS TG463152
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB + 30 Long-tailed Duck, 10 Velvet Scoter & Scaup PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Velvet Scoter Winterton-on-Sea + Snow Bunting Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Ormesby Little Broad at 09:57 TG462139
Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Duck Cley NWT on Watling Water from Babcock Hide NR25 7SA TG049441