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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 7th December 2016

Highlights on the sea today included 9 Long-tailed Ducks, 14 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Goldeneye. On the reserve  Great Spotted Woodpecker and Tawny Owl were both heard calling from the pines.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler Scratby off Yarmouth Road at edge of Scrubby Hall viewed from f/p at dusk (for 4th day)
Great White Egret Marlingford on water meadows this mrng NR9 5JA TG141092
 2 1st Winter Caspian Gull Cley NWT on Simmond's Scrape late a/noon + 7 Bewick's Swan NR25 7SA TG049441
Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB in tree by Thornham Marsh PE31 8BB TF759436 Great White Egret Bowthorpe Marsh mid a'noon
Cattle Egret in field N/of entrance track at Ted Ellis NR, Surlingham this a'noon
Shorelark Winterton-on-Sea near cafe + 20 Snow Bunting mobile
25 Shorelark Holkham Bay NR23 1RJ TF892458
Great White Egret Breydon Water flew over A47 to marsh opposite Vauxhall Caravan Park at 09:15 NR31 9QB TG464048