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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.

Saturday 16th September 2017

Further seawatching today produced 5 Manx Shearwaters, 9 Fulmars, 3 Bonxies, 8 Arctic Skuas, 23 Shelduck, 78 Wigeon, 2 Black Terns, 139 Gannets, 8 Auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 9 Sandwich Terns and a Red-throated Diver. Also of note were 6 Black-tailed Godwits, and a Tree Pipit over east.

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Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley NWT still 3.10pm c500yds east of coastguards
Norfolk 10.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 2.45pm
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Cley NWT still 2.32pm on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Titchwell RSPB still 1.50pm on freshmarsh at end of Autumn Trail +showing well (+Purple Sand)
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh early a'noon
Norfolk Little Stint y'day Kelling Water Meadows in evng +Curlew Sand
Norfolk unconfirmed report of Lanceolated Warbler y'day Blakeney Point
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Cley NWT still 12.05pm on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Red-necked Phal Titchwell RSPB still 12.55pm on freshmarsh (+6.Little Stints Curlew Sand). Y-br.Wblr still this a'noon behind visitor centre
Norfolk phalarope sp Titchwell RSPB in SE corner of freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide at 12.20pm tho distant
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley NWT still 400yds east of coastguards at 12.11pm
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still 11am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape (+2.Little Stints)
Norfolk Pom Skua Cley flew past East Bank at 11.40am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Cley on sea mid morning
Norfolk probable Cory's S'water flew past Cley (+Sooty S'water)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still behind visitor centre at 10.15am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 10.03am
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +juv.Curlew Sand
Norfolk Black Tern flew west past Titchwell RSPB at 9.02am
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 8.31am