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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 20th January 2017

Once again the Ferruginous Duck was on the Broadwater and the flock of Twite, around 40 birds, were still around Thornham Harbour. On the sea there were counts of  16 Red-breasted Mergansers, 11 Red-throated and single Great Northern and Black-throated Divers, 6 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Goldeneye and a single Velvet Scoter. A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew west along the beach and a Kingfisher and Spotted Redshank were in Thornham Harbour.

 European Shag rafting offshore - Kelling Quags, January 2017

Snow Buntings roosting on the frosty shingle ridge - Kelling Quags, January 2017

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 26 Shorelark Holkham Bay on beach 1/2ml w/of Holkham Gap at 11:30 NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Heacham South Beach by outflow at 15:30 PE31 7AX TF663376 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT mid a/noon E/of East Bank behind The Serpentine NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Holme Dunes NNR flew W/along beach + 3 Slavonian Grebe offshore
Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull Thetford at 14:10 on SW/side off Burrell Way on roof near Lidl + 1w Caspian Gull IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Cley NWT 50yds E/of East Bank at N/end of The Serpentine at 13:30 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk 6 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB near railway viewed from windmill NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Sidestrand on beach this mrng NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Nunnery Lakes at 11:15 IP24 2YW TL873822
Norfolk 2 Glaucous Gull (1 Adult + 1 Juvenile) Sheringham on beach at 12:15 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Adult Drake Ferruginous Duck Holme NOA at 12:30 on Broadwater, viewable from the obs or coastal path to Thornham TF717450 N
orfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Weybourne W/past coastguard cottages at 11:50 NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier (1 Male + 4 Ringtail) Roydon Common NWT in roost + Short-eared Owl Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Strumpshaw Fen RSPB E/of pumphouse this a/noon NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk 21 Waxwing Sheringham on golf course at 14:35 then flew W/ NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk 9 Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh near NW/corner of sea wall by gate
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore + 3 Snow Bunting on beach & 4 Water Pipit on reserve PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 23 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 3 Scaup Blakeney Harbour at 10:00 TG028441
Norfolk Male Black Redstart Cromer at E/end of promenade 100yds E/of cafe NR27 9HE TG219423 Norfolk 2 Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore at 12:18 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 153 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Hooded Crow Mautby in pig field S/of Mautby Lodge
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore + 89 Long-tailed Duck, 85 Velvet Scoter & 2 Great Northern Diver PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 49 Snow Bunting Kelling Quags in NE/corner