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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.

Saturday 31st December 2016

Visibility was better today with highlights including 8 Bewick's Swans in Thornham Harbour, a Water Rail by the Broadwater, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechats and 4 Bearded Tits along the east bank, and 6 Waxwings which dropped into the Dell briefly at 9.45am.

A Peacock butterfly was woken by the afternoon sunshine!

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 4 Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes at 15:05 Norfolk 2 Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes Norfolk 6 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB + 100 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose Docking in fields this mrng + 3 Eurasian White-fronted Goose TF785409
Norfolk 10 Tundra Bean Goose North Creake W/of Abbey Farm & W/of B1355 at 10:30
Norfolk 12 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk 1st Winter Scaup Whitlingham CP
Norfolk 26 Eurasian White-fronted Goose in field just before c'park at Cley NWT at 11:15 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier Warham Greens in roost late a'noon NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk 6 Waxwing Holme briefly at 09:45 in The Dell TF715449
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Cromer at Holt Road / Sandy Lane junction NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk 5 Waxwing Denver Sluice at 13:20 on public c'park + 2 Common Crane PE38 0AZ TF590011
Norfolk Snow Bunting Caister-on-Sea NR30 5HB TG527119
Norfolk 4 Scaup Hickling Broad NWT from viewing screen beyond lookout tower. NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk 2 Scaup Tottenhill GPs again at 12:45
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Cromer at 10:55 at Holt Road / Sandy Lane junction NR27 9HE TG219423 Norfolk 3 Waxwing New Costessey on Jerningham Road. NR5 0RG
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Cromer at 10:25 at Co-Op c'park again NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk 43 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB on sea + 21 Velvet Scoter, Water Pipit on drained pool & Jack Snipe PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 12 Snow Bunting Great Yarmouth on S/side of outer harbour at 08:40 then flew/N NR30 1EB TG531078
Norfolk 22 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Cley NWT by Beach Road NR25 7SA TG049441