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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.

Wednesday 21st December 2016

Birds on the sea today included a Shag again just offshore plus counts of  twenty Red-breasted Mergansers, three Eider and a Goldeneye.  A Great-spotted Woodpecker was in the pines and at least five Stonechats were in the recording area. The Twite flock, around thirty birds, were again present in Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose Docking in field by Minor Rd at 13:48 TF785409
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose Docking again in field by road to Brancaster mid mrng with Pink-Footed TF785409
Norfolk 6 Tundra Bean Goose in field Brownston Green, Belton + 2 Eurasian White-fronted Goose & Barnacle Goose NR31 9HU TG464034
Norfolk 4 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB from fisherman's c'park mid a'noon + 50 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk No Sign of Drake Ferruginous Duck Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Adult Black Brant Salthouse W/of track to Little Eye NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose Docking + White-fronted Goose & Barnacle Goose TF785409 Norfolk 30 Twite Thornham Harbour TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk 58 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB + 45 Velvet Scoter & Great Northern Diver PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Scaup Whitlingham CP at W/end of Great Broad at 13:00
Norfolk 84 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056 Norfolk 4 Waxwing Costessey again at 13:15 Jerningham Rd NR5 0RG TG182100
Norfolk 13 Long-tailed Duck Holkham Bay + 18 Velvet Scoter & Great Northern Diver NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 30 Twite Thornham Harbour late mrng TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB again on Thornham Pool PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 24 Little Gull flew W/past Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB + 2 Scaup, 42 Long-tailed Duck, 40 Velvet Scoter & 3 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Late News Yesterday Norfolk 30 Shorelark Holkham Gap + Ringtail Hen Harrier, 20 Twite, 2 Black-throated Diver & Slavonian Grebe