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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.

Friday 13th January 2017

The Ferruginous Duck was still on the Broadwater at lunch time but showing only briefly. A Cetti's Warbler and 4 Bearded Tits were on the edge of the Broadwater and at least 2 Stonechats were around the NOA reserve.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Thetford this a/noon off Burrel Way on roof by Howdens Joinery + Caspian Gull IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull E/past Cley Beach c/pk this a/noon NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Adult Glaucous Gull Cley NWT on shingle ridge E/of North Scrape NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Snettisham Coastal Park on mud opposite Rotary Hide then flew W/ TF648335
Norfolk Drake Ferruginous Duck Holme NOA on Broadwater early a/noon, viewable from the obs or coastal path to Thornham TF717450
Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Colney GPs at 14:00
Norfolk Adult Glaucous Gull E/past Cley Beach c/pk mid a/noon NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Tundra Bean Goose SE/of Downham Market S/of Wissington Beet factory at midday Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Sheringham on beach + Slavonian Grebe offshore, 3 Velvet Scoter & 2 Purple Sandpiper NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull past Overstrand at 08:23 + Purple Sandpiper NR27 0PF TG246410 Norfolk 2 Cattle Egret just E/of Halvergate by Stone Road TG429067
Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull Thetford at 08:55 off Burrel Way + JUV Glaucous Gull IP24 3RW TL873826
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Sheringham on overhead wires by Barford Road at 15:00 NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 32 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Redhead Smew Filby Broad NR29 3HH TG461136