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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 6th December 2017

Nine Barnacle Geese were again in amongst at least 2,000 Pink-feet on the grazing Marsh, a Peregrine drifted over the Observatory early morning and on the sea birds seen included two Long-tailed Ducks and seven Eider.

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Norfolk Hawfinch Felbrigg Hall NT still in trees behind hall at 2.20pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Felbrigg Park in field between main car park +church at 2.15pm
Norfolk 21.Parrot Crossbills still 1.20pm 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site along bridleway north of railway. Park only in car park TL.825.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Great White Egret Norwich still at Colney GPs tho elusive
Norfolk c30.Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site in pines east of road 100yds north of crossing at 10.10am then flew north. Park only in car park TL.825.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still Eccles-on-Sea 150yds NW of Church Lane in weedy field at Hedgehog Walk/ Cross Lane junction at 11am +showing well (+2+Mealy Redpolls) TG.404.292 NR12 0SZ
Norfolk 20.Twite still Thornham Harbour by red brick building
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB +11.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver 3.Spotted Redshanks +Snow Bunting flew east
Norfolk Twite Thornham Harbour by red brick building at 9.59am