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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.

Monday 19th December 2016

A dull and misty day, seabirds were of most interest today with 2 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 50 Common Scoter, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, a Gannet, a Shag, and 2 Great Crested Grebes recorded. Also of note were a male Stonechat on the east bank and a flock of 30 Twite at Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose form interior N/of Docking in field this a/noon with 10,000 Pink-footed Geese + 40 White-fronted Goose & 6 Barnacle Goose TF785409
Norfolk Red-breasted Goose 1.5mls S/of Titchwell at Choseley at 15:44 in field with Pink-footed Geese then flew E/ PE31 8PQ TF757420 Norfolk Red-breasted Goose NW/of Brancaster at 14:45 with 10,000 Pink-footed Geese then flew off PE31 8AW TF772438
Norfolk Drake Ferruginous Duck Titchwell RSPB late a/noon on Patsy's Pool + 1w Drake Scaup & Short-eared Owl PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 5 Tundra Bean Goose Bradwell this a/noon with Pink-footed Geese NR31 8QQ TG503038 Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull Salthouse by Beach Road at 15:04 NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 23 Shorelark e/of Holkham Gap + 2 Slavonian Grebe offshore, 15 Velvet Scoter, 13 Long-tailed Duck & Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose near Hemsby with 2000 Pink-footed Geese NR29 4JG TG506172 Norfolk Cattle Egret Surlingham off The Street E/of The Covey in cattle field N/of Ted Ellis NR entrance at 12:45 showing well NR14 7AL TG324058
Norfolk 13 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 13:30 NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose Beighton Marshes with 1000 Pink-footed Geese + 2 Eurasian White-fronted Goose