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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.

Thursday 21st September 2017

Another 50 Pink-feet came in off the sea during the morning, and 4 Brent Geese were at the village hides. On the sea 500 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 14 Gannets, 4 Guillemots and a Great Crested Grebe were recorded. Other birds of interest included 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 10 Snipe, a Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Sand Martins, 55 Swallows, 88 House Martins, a Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, a single Whinchat, and 2 Stonechats.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still 3.05pm near picnic area
Norfolk Cattle Egret Stiffkey in flooded cattle field east of village at 7.30am
Norfolk Honey Buzzard ad flew south over Great Ryburgh village at 11.50am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB near picnic area then flew towards Fen Trail at 1.20pm
Norfolk no sign of juv.Pallas's Grasshopper Wblr 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe south of sea wall near gate by 12.30pm. Park in Burnham Overy Staithe then follow Norfolk Coast Path NE to sharp lefthand bend TF.853.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Welney WWT right of fence c100yds from hide at 12.08pm
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Breydon Water still at east end
Norfolk 4.Little Stints Cley NWT still +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton on ramp opposite Waterside Bar at 6.45am
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (ad +2w) y'day Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide in evng +7.Little Stints 2.Curlew Sands