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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 24th October 2017

Birds of note today included a female Ring Ouzel in bushes adjacent to the NOA car park, a flock of 18 Common Snipe and on the sea two Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver and a drake Scaup.

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cromer still by pier at 2.55pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still at Meadow Trail at 1.09pm
Norfolk 13.Common Cranes Horse
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew past Winterton
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton North Beach still 10.10am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still just south of beach car park in Eye Field late morning with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Pom Skua flew past Winterton (+5.Little Gulls)
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB at end of East Trail
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley in beach car park
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 9.50am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB at East Trail
Norfolk Hawfinch flew over Norwich
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool +Bittern