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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.

Friday 3rd November 2017

A far quieter day, but a marked arrival of Blackbirds took place with 80+ just around the reserve compound. Other highlights were 6 Whooper Swans west over the grazing marsh, a Kingfisher around the Broadwater, 3,500 Starlings passing west, 70 Fieldfares, 6 Song Thrushes, 45 Redwings, a single Stonechat, and 22 Twite in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk hybrid Ferruginous Duck x Pochard ad.fem east of Whitlingham Lane Ctry Park on St.Andrew's Broad
Norfolk 6.Whooper Swans (2.ads) flew west over Holme NWT at 11.15am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still east of Beach Road at 10.30am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149 at 10.18am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Salthouse in gardens south of Bloomstiles at 9.50am then flew west
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits reported y'day Thorpe St.Andrew at Station Marsh at 4.15pm
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +Thornham Pool
Norfolk probable White-billed Diver flew east past Cromer Golf Course at 8.12am then landed on sea off Trimingham tho distant
Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER flew NW past Mundesley at 7.48am
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (1.male) on Wednesday SW of Thornham Point over marshes at 8.50am
Norfolk Snow Bunting flew west over Overstrand at 7.12am