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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 11th January 2017

Once again the Ferruginous Duck was on the Broadwater, the two pairs of Bearded Tits were along the North-east edge and the Twite were again in Thornham Harbour. Birds of note on the sea included 15 Long-tailed Ducks, 5 Red-throated and one Black-throated Diver.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Possible White-billed Diver Cley NWT flew E/past beach c/pk at 09:25 but distant NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 3 Cattle Egret E/of Halvergate S/of Stone Road at 15:00 TG429067
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose Haddiscoe Island + 2 Eurasian White-fronted Goose TG457011 Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose Between Docking & Sedgeford with 10,000 Pink-footed Geese + Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Salthouse at 14:00 on pool just w/of beach c/pk NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Drake Ferruginous Duck Holme-next-the Sea viewable from coastal f/p + Black-throated Diver on the sea & 15 Long-tailed Duck TF717450
Norfolk Female Ferruginous Duck Ranworth at Malthouse Broad Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose Flitcham in field at 14:00 + 2 White-fronted Goose PE31 6BU TF726266
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Welney WWT from main obs + White-fronted Goose at Lady fen PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk 2 Cattle Egret Halvergate E/of village S/of Stone Road tat 13:45 showing well TG429067 Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 13:28 from Joe Jordan Hide NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 7 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk 2 1st Winter Glaucous Gull Salthouse at midday NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull Burnham Overy Dunes flew E/over beach W/of Gun Hill PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk 5 Tundra Bean Goose Waxham at Brograve Farm in field at top of Money Lane + 2000 Pink-footed Goose NR12 0DZ TG440261
Norfolk Glaucous Gull flew W/over Overstrand + Purple Sandpiper on groyne beach opposite beach huts NR27 0PF TG246410
Norfolk 30 Shorelark on saltmarsh E/of Holkham Gap showing well at 10:20
Norfolk 30 Shorelark E/of Holkham Gap minimum at 10:20 showing well