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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 5th February 2017

Another fine sunny afternoon with plenty of activity, mainly on the sea including 200+ Long-tailed Ducks, 9 Eiders, 12 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-necked and 5 Slavonian Grebes! A Great Skua was also noted on the sea.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 9 Common Crane Thurne Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Cley NWT in reed litter by East Bank this mrng NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Marshes at 16:40 then flew to Waveney Forest NR31 9HZ TM451979
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Reported Holkham Freshmarsh on S/side just N/of A149 at 15:30 NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Adult Iceland Gull Mautby in pig fields S/of Mautby Lodge
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT on Lady Fen at 14:40 PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Welney WWT from Lyle Hide at 12:45 PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Glaucous Gull flew N/past Snettisham Coastal Park at 12:20 TF648335
Norfolk 14 Shorelark Holkham Gap at 09:30 Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Burgh Castle late mrng but distant + 12 Short-eared Owl TG476049
Norfolk Glaucous Gull flew S/past Winterton NR29 4BQ TG496198 Norfolk 100 Tundra Bean Goose just E/of Clippesby at 10:45 TM431137
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Holme next the Sea in dunes N/of Beach Rd at 10:00 + 2 Snow Bunting Norfolk 13 Tundra Bean Goose Weybourne Camp in field E/of windmill + 2 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT in 2nd field along Beach Road NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Filby Broad at 16:30 NR29 3HH TG461136
Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Strumpshaw Fen RSPB a dusk NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk 2 Hen Harrier Warham Greens in the roost. NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB again offshore + 2 Slavonian Grebe PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black Redstart Wells again at East Quay near sailing club at 13:00 NR23 1AR TF917437 Norfolk 2 Hen Harrier viewed from Burgh Castle TG476049
Norfolk 32 Snow Bunting Snettisham Coastal Park at 12:45 NNE/of c'park TF648335
Norfolk Redhead Smew Cley NWT at 11:10 just W/of N/end of East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Redhead Smew Cley NWT from East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Filby Broad at 10:15 NR29 3HH TG461136
Norfolk Scaup Horsey NR29 4EP TG477228
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Thorpe Marshes at St.Andrews Broad NR14 6PY TM441985
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Filby Broad NR29 3HH TG461136 Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on the freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436