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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 5th December 2016

A glorious day with sunshine and a sharp frost, highlights were again on the sea with 7 Long-tailed Ducks, 150 Common Scoters, 4 Red-throated Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, one Fulmar, 22 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes and a Little Gull seen offshore. Also of note were 25+ Twite at Thornham Harbour, 2 Stonechats and a ring-tail Hen Harrier hunting in the middle of the day.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes at 10:40 between boardwalk & Gunn Hill.Use Burnham Overy c/pk then follow sea wall NE/for 1ml then turn w/ PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk 10 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls SSE/of Titchwell SE/of Choseley Drying Barns in tree by stubble field at 15:15 PE31 8PQ TF757420
Norfolk Lapland Bunting N/over Nunnery Lakes NR at 08:10 IP24 2YW TL873822
Norfolk 2 Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore + 3 Great Northern Diver, 14 Velvet Scoter, 55 Long-tailed Duck, 6 Scaup & 10 Little Gull also 2 Jack Snipe on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Black-throated Diver off Holme NOA + 4 Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, 7 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Slavonian Grebe & Little Gull also Ringtail Hen Harrier & 25 Twite in Thornham Harbour TF717450
Norfolk 11 Long-tailed Duck Holkham Bay this mrng + 30 Velvet Scoter & Great Northern Diver NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool + Jack Snipe PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Mealy Redpoll Lenwade by Marriott's Way 200yds S/of c/pk at 12:30 with 20 Lesser Redpolls NR9 5SE
Norfolk 4 Hawfinch Santon Warren at Field Barn opposite Ride 24 this mrng IP27 0TS TL833873 Norfolk 40 Snow Bunting Salthouse E/of Gramborough Hill but mobile NR25 7XW TG082443 Norfolk 3 Scaup Titchwell RSPB offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black-throated Diver off Titchwell RSPB + Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, 2 Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck & Spotted Redshank on Tidal Pool PE31 8BB TF759436