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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.

Tuesday 10th January 2016

The drake Ferruginous Duck was again present on the Broadwater today with two pairs of Bearded Tits frequenting the reeds along the North-eastern edge. In Thornham Harbour the Twite flock were again present numbering around 30 birds, with a Spotted Redshank also seen in the harbour creek.
Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 42 Hawfinch 400yds beyond bridge in conifers behind paddock at Lynford Arboretum at 15:15 + 5 Crossbill IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 15 White-fronted Goose Snettisham RSPB at Ken Hill Marsh this a/noon TF650328
Norfolk 20 Waxwing Norwich in garden at Rackheath briefly NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk 40 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum at 15:00 in treess at bottom end IP26 5HW TL822943 Norfolk 220 White-fronted Goose N/of North Creake in field late mrng
Norfolk 3 Short-eared Owl Waveney Forest from viewing mound
Norfolk 20 Scaup Snettisham Coastal Park on The Wash TF648335
Norfolk 4 Hawfinch Aylmerton in garden at Appletree Cottage early a/noon
Norfolk Hooded Crow Mautby in pig field S/of Mautby Lodge at 14:26 TG488118
Norfolk 2 Purple Sandpiper Sheringham opposite The Crown pub at 14:00 NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB on the sea + Firecrest PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Winterton NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 22 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Titchwell RSPB on the sea PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 25 Snow Bunting Winterton-on-Sea on beach
Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB over Thornham Marsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Smew Cley NWT at N/en of serpantine NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle PE35 6EJ TF672278
Norfolk 7 Hawfinch Aylmerton in garden for 3rd day
Norfolk 28 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB + 11 Velvet Scoter offshore & 3 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 11 Waxwing Norwich near Anglia Square on Edward Street. NR2 1AW TG228084