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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.

Saturday 18th November 2017

Yesterday's Firecrest was still present in the pines near the Observatory. On the sea 200 Common Scoters and 2 Red-throated Divers were of note, and a Short-eared Owl was hunting near Gore Point mid morning. Two Bearded Tits were in the reeds near the Broadwater Hide and 2 Siskins flew over calling. A flock of 20 Twite were again in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Yellow-legged Gull ad Thornham harbour
Norfolk c20.Twite Thornham harbour still on saltmarsh by car park at 2.20pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Weybourne Beach flew west at 2.20pm
Norfolk Firecrest Titchwell RSPB between car park +visitor centre at 2.18pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Halvergate
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Sidestrand on beach at c11am then on sea
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew east past Trimingham at 8.05am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Salthouse east of Beach Road at 12.23pm
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley flew east past north end of East Bank at 11.55am. ad.Black Brant still 11.20am at south end of Eye Field with 500.Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose)
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Stiffkey with cattle opposite Red Lion pub at 11.43am TF.968.431
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still 11.16am from Daukes' Hide then flew off
Norfolk Hawfinch Felbrigg Hall NT still 10.30am by orangery
Norfolk Goshawk ad flew NW over Trimingham at 11.05am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still 11.05am from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Brancaster Staithe still in channel at 11.10am
Norfolk Black Redstart Sheringham by top boating pool at 10.45am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still 10.54am from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT again off East Bank then flew over reserve at 10.35am +possibly landed on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still just east of East Bank at 10.04am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Kelling Water Meadows at 8.20am
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT still by orangery at 6.39am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv y'day Sheringham below prom briefly 3pm then flew west
Norfolk Little Stint y'day Cley NWT just east of East Bank at 3.15pm