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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.

Monday 13th November 2017

Highlights from the around the Observatory and the dunes included 5 Woodcocks, Merlin, 900 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Fieldfare, 54 Blackbirds, 16 Redwing and 3 Redpolls.

The best of the sea included 3 Little Auks in the morning, 19 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 female Eiders, 4 Goosanders, 25 Kittiwakes and 4 Little Gulls.

Two Rock Pipits were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 40.Snow Buntings Cley NWT +juv.Long-tailed Duck flew west +Red-necked Grebe 2.drk.Velvet Scoters
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck flew NW past Sidestrand
Norfolk 4+Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT by orangery this a'noon
Norfolk 4.Purple Sands Sheringham on rocks late a'noon
Norfolk 24.Snow Buntings Winterton on North Beach mid a'noon
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley south of drying barns on post in hedge east of sharp bend at 3.45pm
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT still 2.30pm by orangery
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape briefly
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Salthouse still 2.43pm on flooded field east of Beach Road (+1w.Caspian Gull)
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Stiffkey Fen flew east at 11.30am
Norfolk 5.Little Auks flew past Sheringham by 1.15pm (+Black-throated Diver 2.Velvet Scoters)
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Salthouse on flooded field east of Beach Road mid a'noon
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew north past Waxham at 12.50pm
Norfolk Waxwing flew south over Burnham Overy Dunes at 12.45pm
Norfolk 18.Shorelarks Happisburgh in field SE of lighthouse at midday +Lapland Bunting briefly (+38.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 3+Lapland Buntings Cart Gap at 11.30am
Norfolk 4.Little Auks flew past Sheringham by midday (+2.Great Northern Divers 2.Long-tailed Ducks Short-eared Owl +Shag on sea)
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149 this morning
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cley at 9.20am (+Great Northern Diver. c30.Snow Buntings just east of beach car park)
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT flew over main hide at 11.37am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley flew west past beach car park at 11.40am
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Happisburgh still in field SE of lighthouse at 11am
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Winterton 9am-11am (+Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew past Titchwell RSPB (+2.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver)
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT in beeches +hawthorn just SW of house at 10.45am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck flew west past Overstrand. Purple Sand on groyne opposite beach huts
Norfolk 3.Little Auks flew past Sheringham by 10am (+2.Velvet Scoters Great Northern Diver 2.Little Gulls)
Norfolk Waxwing Hethersett in garden then flew off
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Great Yarmouth at harbour mouht
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape at 7.30am (+2.Little Stints)