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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 29th December 2016

Birds on the sea today included a count of at least 30 Great crested Grebes, 20 Common Scoter and three Eider. A pair of Stonechat were along the east bank and in Thornham Harbour the Twite flock, around forty birds, were again present along with a Kingfisher and  a Black-tailed Godwit.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult Red-breasted Goose Docking at 11:30 in field viewable distantly from Pound Lane + 2 Tundra Bean Goose TF785409
Norfolk 21 Common Crane Stubb Mill in roost at 16:30 NR12 0BW TG437220
Norfolk 20 Tundra Bean Goose NW/of Rollesby in field with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 30 Shorelark Holkham Gap at 14;50 on saltmarsh E/of gap
Norfolk Adult Ring-billed Gull Wells-next-the-Sea ay 12:30 on the quay
Norfolk 1st Winter Spoonbill Cley NWT W/of Beach Road on pool midway between A149 & beach c/pk NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose Blakeney Freshmarsh at 12:15 with 250 Pink-footed Geese + 10 Eurasian White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 4 Cattle Egret Halvergate by Branch Road in field near chevron sign late mrng
Norfolk 3 Snow Bunting Great Yarmouth at North Denes
Norfolk 3 Waxwing Costessey on Jerningham Road by football pitch NR5 0RE TG182100
Norfolk Scaup Titchwell RSPB at 15:00 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 6 Hen Harrier Warham Greens at 16:00 + Short-eared Owl, 2 Merlin & Peregrine NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Hickling Broad NWT at Stubb Mill late a/noon NR12 0BW TG437220 Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Stubb Mill this evng NR12 0BW TG437220
Norfolk 3 Snow Bunting S'past Horsey at 13:00 NR29 4EP TG477228
Norfolk 14 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in tall pines W/of paddocks at 15:00 IP26 5HW TL822943 Norfolk 22 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Cley NWT at midday on Bull Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 40 Twite Thornham Harbour TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk 3 Short-eared Owl Breydon Water + Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 25 Water Pipit Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk 3 Waxwing Costessey on Jerningham Road by football pitch at 10:45 NR5 0RE TG182100 Norfolk 40 Snow Bunting Gramborough Hill at 08:00 NR25 7XW TG085441
Norfolk 42 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB offshore + 12 Long-tailed Duck & Spotted Redshank on brackish marsh PE31 8BB TF759436