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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.

Tuesday 17th October 2017

Another 'Starling day' with large numbers again noted moving along the coast, with a conservative estimate of around 5000 past the Observatory during the day. A Yellow-browed Warbler was briefly in trees near the Observatory mid morning, a Snow Bunting on the beach near Thornham Harbour mouth, a Merlin at the west end of the reserve and Kingfisher on the Broadwater with Six Swallows also seen.

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Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Pines again 3.25pm over seaward side of Washington Hide
Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose again Burnham Overy viewed north from A149 with Pink-footed Geese tho distant
Norfolk Firecrest Holkham Pines midway between Meols House +Lady Ann's Drive at 11.50am
Norfolk 3.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in field beyond small bridge at 2pm
Norfolk no sign of Barred Warbler Trimingham on clifftop near pottery by 11am
Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Park still at lake mid a'noon tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Potter Heigham Marshes early a'noon +12.Common Cranes. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands 1/2ml NNE of Kelling +north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow +2.Jack Snipe 2.Spotted Redshanks TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk Bittern Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Reception Hide this morning
Norfolk 11.Great White Egrets y'day Holkham
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods east of Lady Ann's Drive at 10am
Norfolk 8.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB east of track to hide late morning
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Caister on beach near Haven holiday camp at 10.45am
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 11.13am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Little Stints (both juvs) Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool by hide +3.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme NOA by bird observatory
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Hawfinch Whitlingham Ctry Park at boathouse