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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 22nd October 2017

Another frustrating day as storm Brian passed through giving strong westerly winds. On the sea 900 Common Scoter were counted and on the grazing marshes 100 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Snipe and 40 Ruff were present. A male Stonechat was near Thornham Harbour and 2 Rock Pipits were over the saltmarsh together with a flock of 75 Linnets.

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Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still 12.30pm in Eye Field with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Pom Skua flew past Winterton
Norfolk Scaup juv Holkham Park still 11.30am on lake at north end south of island
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still in Eye Field at 10.45am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Scaup juv Holkham Park still on lake at north end +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea. Water Pipit Thornham Pool
Norfolk Black Redstart Sheringham on roof by Holt Road briefly
Norfolk Hawfinch flew south over Denver Sluice at 9am +2.Arctic Terns
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1/2ml NNE of Kelling still north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow at north end of copse by metal gate at 8.30am TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB at Fen Trail still 9am. 4.Little Stints still on freshmarsh