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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.

Sunday 12th November 2017

A blast of north-westerly winds brought seabirds close to shore today with highlights including 2 Shelduck, 113 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 2000 Common Scoters, 2 Goldeneye, 17 Red-breasted Mergansers, 10 Red-throated Divers, single Black-throated and Great Northern Divers, 4 Fulmars, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 123 Gannets, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 16 Great Skuas, 8 Razorbills, 16 Guillemots, 90 unidentified auks, 2 Little Auks, 266 Kittiwakes, 26 Little Gulls, and a juvenile Glaucous Gull. Also of interest today were 3 Stonechats around the reserve, a single Rock Pipit flying over, and a Snow Bunting along the beach.

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Norfolk 3.Shorelarks Happisburgh still 1.30pm on coastal path (+32.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Little Auk flew east past Weybourne Camp early a'noon
Norfolk Sabine's Gull juv flew east past Sheringham +Grey Phal (+Black Guillemot on sea)
Norfolk Scaup fem Holkham Hall still at north end of lake this a'noon. Great White Egret still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at 12.49pm
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas flew past Sheringham by 11.45am (+Little Gull)
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cley at 11.05am (+drk.Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew past Sheringham +Little Auk (+Great Northern Diver)
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew east past Holme late morning
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149 at 11.30am
Norfolk 37.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still by beach car park
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Holme (+Great Northern Diver c12.Little Gulls)
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks Happisburgh still on beach early morning (+25.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB on beach. Water Pipit still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Little Auk flew east past Cley at 8.50am
Norfolk Hawfinch Titchwell RSPB flew west over car park at 7.47am