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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.

Sunday 8th January 2017

A group of 14 White-fronted Geese were on the grazing marsh in the afternoon and the Ferruginous Duck was showing well at times. On the sea  500 Common Scoters, 8 Eiders, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Black-throated Diver and 2 Fulmars were seen. At Thornham Harbour 53 Twite were reported and a Spotted Redshank was in the channel, while at Gore Point a Greenshank was of note. 2 Stonechats were in the dunes and a Brambling was in Holme Village. A Lapland Bunting flew over calling.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk No Sign of Possible Todd's Canada Goose between Clippesby & Billockby at 13:10 + 3000 Pink-footed Goose, 17 Tundra Bean Goose & 10 White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 4 Lapland Bunting Sheringham + 5 Velvet Scoter NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 20 Shorelark Holkham Bay on saltmarsh + 200 White-fronted Goose & Great White Egret NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 2 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes at 16:35 at Harpers Lane then flew to roost
Norfolk 2 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes at Harpers Lane at 15:00
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull flew W/over Gypsy Lane Titchwell RSPB mid a'noon PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes with horses to right at bottom of Harper's Lane at 13:30 Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Blunt's Corner, New Holkham in hedge tho distant at 13:40
Norfolk 4 Common Crane E/of Ashby Hall Billockby
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Snettisham Coastal Park again on beach just N/of crossbank at midday TF648335
Norfolk 2 Juvenile Glaucous Gull Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh showing well PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley next the Sea at 12:25 on Sea Pool NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull King's Lynn PE30 2QA TF631204 Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Blunt's Corner, New Holkham in hedge at 11:40 (late mrng!!)
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate at 11:34 but distant TG429067
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Blunt's Corner, New Holkham at 10:39 in hedge
Norfolk Drake Ferruginous Duck Holme NOA at 10:20 on Broadwater, viewable from The Obs of coastal path TF717450
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Titchwell RSPB at 09:38 on freshmarsh showing well PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 5 Shorelark Holkham Bay at 2nd gap in dunes NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 5 Taiga Bean Goose Cantley Marshes RSPB at 08:35 at bottom of Burnthouse Lane + 14 Taiga Bean Goose flew/E TG378039
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Titchwell RSPB on the freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436