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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 7th February 2017

A damp grey morning with the rain easing early afternoon.  A pair of Stonechats were around the East Bank and Obs building. In nearby Thornham Harbour a Spotted Redshank was in the main harbour creek along with a Kingfisher and male Merlin was perched out in the harbour mouth.
Around c30 Snow Buntings were also present on the beach late pm west of Gore Point.

Bird news from  Birdnet
Norfolk 1st Winter Spoonbill Holkham Freshmarsh NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 31 Shorelark Brancaster on the beach + Red-necked Grebe PE31 8AW TF772438
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs in a'noon Norfolk 30 Shorelark Holkham Gap c.1km east of gap at 13:40
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh by Beach Road at 12:54 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 09:30 NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Adult Iceland Gull Mautby in pig fields south of Mautby Lodge
Norfolk 32 Shorelark Holkham Gap at 11:02 by wooden post 350m east of Lady Anne's Drive Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham at 09:58
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs at 08:02