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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.

Wednesday 25th October 2017

A windy start to the day was followed by a gorgeous still sunny finish to it. Birds unfortunately were thin on the ground with a Swallow over the Car park probably the highlight of the day !
Insects though were surprisingly numerous especially Common Darters and six species of Butterfly were recorded  including a Painted Lady and two Wall Browns.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR still c300yds west of Washington Hide at 2.53pm
Norfolk Black Redstart Waxham on buildings by church. 2.Twite in weedy corner of sugar beet field by Shangri-la parking area at 11am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton North Beach still 1pm on tideline 1/2ml north of beach car park
Norfolk Snow Bunting Snettisham RSPB on path 50yds beyond Shore Hide +showing well
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr south of Trimingham in hedge by Norfolk Coast Path west of radar dome at midday
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands 1/2ml NNE of Kelling still north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow +2.Little Stints Spotted Redshank TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton North Beach still just before rocks at 11.55am
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 10.30am
Norfolk Firecrest 1.25mls NNW of Wells at Wells Woods at The Dell at 10.10am NR23 1DR
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still at Meadow Trail. 2.Little Stints still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 8.Hawfinches on Monday Lynford Arboretum