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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 29th October 2017

Seawatching took place all day between 6.50am and 15.40pm. Highlights were 35 Eiders, 942 Common Scoters, 4 Goldeneye, 10 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Goosander, 5 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 372 Gannets, 10 Pom Skuas, 9 Arctic Skuas, 66 Great Skuas, 1 Razorbill, 1 Little Auk west, 3 Guillemots, 601 unidentified auks, 1 Sandwich Tern, 787 Kittiwakes, 2 Little Gulls, and 1 Med Gull.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Leach's Petrels flew past Sheringham
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew past Sheringham by 2pm (+Long-tailed Duck 25.Bonxies)
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at end of East Trail at 2.11pm +Hen Harrier
Norfolk Common Crane flew over Titchwell RSPB at 1.45pm
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Holme Dunes +5.Pom Skuas (+55.Bonxies)
Norfolk 5.Pom Skuas flew past Sheringham by 11.30am (+Black-throated Diver 2.Great Northern Divers Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk Jack Snipe 1/2ml NNE of Kelling +north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow at north end TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk Jack Snipe Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton on beach near funfair at 12.25pm
Norfolk Grey Phal Winterton on sea at 12.58pm
Norfolk Storm Petrel Cley flew west past beach car park at 12.45pm
Norfolk Pom Skua flew south past Hunstanton this morning
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in flooded cattle field south of A149
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham on rocks by museum
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua Cley flew past beach car park +2.Leach's Petrels 5.Pom Skuas 2.Grey Phals (+Red-necked Grebe)
Norfolk Arctic Tern flew past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cromer still just east of pier at 11am +showing well
Norfolk Little Auk Cley flew west past beach car park at 11.30am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse still by Rion Road with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Sooty S'water Cley flew east past beach car park at 11.10am
Norfolk 4.Pom Skuas flew past Titchwell RSPB 7.15-10.15am (+49.Bonxies Great Northern Diver)
Norfolk probable Storm Petrel flew west past Cromer at 10.35am
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas flew past Winterton (+Sooty S'water Red-necked Grebe Great Northern Diver)
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Sheringham by 10am +4.Pom Skuas Grey Phal (+Red-necked Grebe)
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Cley still near beach car park
Norfolk Leach's Petrel Cley flew west past beach car park at 9.10am
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley off beach car park (3.Black Terns flew east at 9am)
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches y'day Sheringham flew over Beeston Common
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew west past Sheringham at 7.30am
Norfolk Hawfinch SE of Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park flew west over Little Broad at 7.31am