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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.

Thursday 22nd December 2016

Seawatching produced a single Long-tailed Duck, 15 Common Scoters, 3 Goldeneye, 13 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 4 Fulmars, and 4 Great Crested Grebes. Along the east bank 2 Stonechats were feeding and 3 Bearded Tits were in the reeds. Forty Twite were at Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult Red-breasted Goose NE/of Docking at 14:34 in field viewable from minor road to Burnham Market with Pink-footed Geese + Todd's Canada Goose (form interior)
Norfolk Red-breasted Goose 1/2ml N/of Docking at 12:35 in field just E/of B1153 with 2800 Pink-footed Geese + Todd's Canada Goose (form interior), 3 Tundra Bean Goose, 11 Eurasian White-fronted Goose & Barnacle Goose TF785409
Norfolk 7 Tundra Bean Goose (3 Adult + 4 Juvenile) 1ml NE/of Syderstone in field W/of minor road to South Creake at 15:22 then flew NW/with 6,050.Pink-footed Geese + JUV Greenland White-fronted Goose & 3 AD Eurasian White-fronted Goose TF838336 Norfolk 15 Tundra Bean Goose Egmere in field NE/of Haggard's Lodge TH905375
Norfolk 3 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB from E/end of railway platform at 15:00 NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Adult Iceland Gull King's Lynn at Bentinck Dock on River Great Ouse at 14:52 + AD Caspian Gull PE30 2QA TF631204
Norfolk 1st Winter Spoonbill between Cley & Salthouse at Sea Pool Norfolk 5 Common Crane (4 Adult + 1 Juvenile) Heigham Holmes viewable from Martham Ferry at 14:20 + Ringtail Hen Harrier, Jack Snipe & 600 Eurasian White-fronted Goose
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between North Creake & Stanhoe SW/of Shammer House at 13:30 with 6,400 Pink-footed Geese + AD Eurasian White-fronted Goose & Barnacle Goose
Norfolk Cattle Egret Surlingham at 12:30 off The Street E/of The Covey in cattle field N/of Ted Ellis NR entrance NR14 7AL TG324058 Norfolk 8 Tundra Bean Goose Weybourne at 11:30 with Pink-footed Geese in field E/of Station Road + Barnacle Goose & 7 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk 17 Tundra Bean Goose SE/of Belton in field at Browston Green with Pink-footed Geese + 7 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR31 9HU TG464034
Norfolk 22 Shorelark Holkham Gap + 27 Velvet Scoter, 8 Long-tailed Duck & 2 Jack Snipe
Norfolk Great White Egret Heigham Holmes at 09:23 viewble from Martham Ferry Boatyard but distant + 2 Common Crane
Norfolk Bittern Strumpshaw Fen RSPB + Jack Snipe NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk Great Northern Diver off Holme NWT + Long-tailed Duck TF715449
Norfolk 5 Waxwing Costessey at 12:30 in rowans on Jerningham Road NR5 0RE TG182100
Norfolk 30 Snow Bunting Winterton Dunes NNR on beach + Male Hen Harrier & Female Long-tailed Duck offshore NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 48 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore this mrng + 57 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 13 Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh along se wall path at 11:15 + Ringtail Hen Harrier & 12 Eurasian White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 40 Twite Thornham Harbour at 11:00 TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk Scaup Whitlingham CP at W/end of Great Broad
Norfolk Juvenile Gannet S/over Heigham Holmes at 09:52 Norfolk Male Hen Harrier just S/of Horsey Gap NR29 4EJ TG463241
Norfolk 5 Waxwing Costessey at 08:00 on Jerningham Roadby football pitch NR5 0RE TG182100