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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 30th September 2017

Highlights today included 85 Pink-feet, 106 Brents, 337 Wigeon, 216 Teal, 410 Common Scoter, 38 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Water Rails, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Ruff, 1 Common and 1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Sandwich Terns, a Barn Owl hunting at first light, a Kingfisher along the Broadwater, a Peregrine high over the Obs, 4 Bearded Tits at the NWT hides, and in the pines a Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, and 3 Mistle Thrushes, while passing overhead were 15 Meadow and 4 Rock Pipits, 3 Bramblings, 12 Chaffinches, a Redpoll, 6 Siskins and 10 Reed Buntings.

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Norfolk 16.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen early a'noon. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Happisburgh this morning
Norfolk 32.Little Stints Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape this a'noon +Curlew Sand still
Norfolk Cattle Egret Stiffkey still 11.45am south of A149 in cattle field east of village
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Burnham Overy Dunes at east end still 11.15am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods just west of drinking pool late morning
Norfolk again no sign of ad.Ring-billed Gull Great Cressingham east of A1065 in pig fields north of Hilborough. Do not block entrances to field TF.833.023
Norfolk Cattle Egret Stiffkey still south of A149 in cattle field east of village at 9.30am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burgh Castle
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Breydon Water still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Felbrigg Hall NT in oaks along footpath between hall +lake at 9.20am with Long-tailed Tits
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy Dunes in bushes at end of boardwalk at 7.50am