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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.

Sunday 1st October 2017

A blustery day with little visible migration, highlights included 200+ Pink-feet on the grazing marshes, 100 Brent Geese, 1800 Common Scoters on the sea, 2 Red-throated Divers, 4 Sandwich Terns and 5 Gannets passing, and 2 Ruff on the NWT pools.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery just west of churchyard gate at 2.45pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still 2.15pm by boardwalk
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr y'day Sheringham
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end in sallows by path at 2pm
Norfolk presumed escape White Stork ad east of Long Stratton still at Rhees Green [wings have atypical damage +pigmentation]
Norfolk 30+Little Stints Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape still
Norfolk Osprey Lenwade flew NW over Dinosaur Park at c11.40am
Norfolk 3.Garganey Hockwold Washes late morning
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Hockwold Washes still +2.Garganey
Norfolk 4.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Cattle Egret Stiffkey still south of A149 in cattle field east of village at 9.20am
Norfolk Osprey flew south over Cley NWT
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still in picnic area
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Brancaster Staithe harbour in channel east of car park at 9.40am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery at south end of south section just east of main path at 9.35am with Long-tailed Tits
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew north past Waxham at 9.15am
Norfolk 20.Hawfinches 2mls ESE of Mundford flew over West Tofts
Norfolk presumed escape White Stork ad y'day east of Long Stratton still at Rhees Green [wings have atypical damage +pigmentation