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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 14th October 2017

Another blustery day, on the sea 215 Brents, 488 Common Scoters, 15 Gannets and 2 Great Crested Grebes were seen. A Short-eared Owl was on the NWT reserve mid morning and a Water Rail was calling in the reeds near the Observatory. Migrants were limited again today with single Chiffchaff and Blackcap on the reserve, 4 Song Thrushes, 7 Redwings, a Stonechat, 6 Rock Pipits and 4 Siskins the only passage birds of note.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose still 3.05pm Burnham Overy in field east of track 300yds north of A149
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Happisburgh
Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose still 1.20pm Burnham Overy on pool east of bend in sea wall with Pink-footed Geese TF.854.448
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Great Yarmouth North Beach still 11.30am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton still midday at Low Road 50yds east of Empsons Loke
Norfolk Sabine's Gull juv Eccles-on-Sea offshore 11.40am-midday
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Park near car park
Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Park still
Norfolk Snow Bunting flew north over Caister-on-Sea
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches west of Holkham at The Brickyard Campsite briefly 8.50am then flew south
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still 1/2ml NNE of Kelling +north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadows (+2.Quail reported +6.Curlew Sands) TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER flew south past Hemsby mid morning (earlier flew south past Walcott +Eccles-on-Sea)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton still at Low Road
Norfolk Hawfinch Titchwell RSPB flew west over car park at 9am +Y-br.Wblr still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Salthouse in hedge by Cross Street c100yds south of A149 at 8.40am
Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose still Burnham Overy in stubble field by A149 layby with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Thorpe-next- Haddiscoe in garden
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Great Yarmouth North Beach