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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 13th April 2018

At least 2 female Black Redstarts were still around the Observatory and east bank, with a single Wheatear and female Stonechat also in the same area. A Lesser Whitethroat was trapped and ringed, and a Firecrest was heard a few times during the day. A Short-eared Owl and 2 Yellow Wagtails were on the NWT reserve, and two Whimbrel were on the grazing marsh with 12 Swallows and 7 House Martins passing through, 10 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps and 14 Siskins also in the area.

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Norfolk 2+Black Redstarts (both fem/1w.male) Holme NOA still by obs +east bank. Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NWT
Norfolk 2.Garganey Berney Marshes RSPB +Spoonbill
Norfolk 2+Black Redstarts Horsey/ Waxham +2+Ring Ouzels
Norfolk Great White Egret Wormegay still
Norfolk Snow Bunting male Burnham Overy Dunes on beach at Gun Hill
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Great Yarmouth cemetery still in north section +male.Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Blakeney Point +2.Black Redstarts Hen Harrier
Norfolk 2+Ring Ouzels north of Choseley drying barns along lane in hedges at 9.45am tho mobile
Norfolk Hawfinch SW of Beeston Bump flew west towards playing field
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sheringham at coastguard lookout at 12.19pm +Redstart
Norfolk Hawfinch Salthouse Heath flew from by road at 10.30am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton North Dunes near totem pole
Norfolk 1+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane at 11am (+1+Mealy Redpoll) TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk 3+Ring Ouzels Grimston Warren still near tower
Norfolk no further sign of Hawfinch Titchwell RSPB by 9.25am
Norfolk Great White Egret Blackborough End still at Nar Flood Storage Resr in dyke then on flood then flew towards Nar Valley Fisheries at 7.40am
Norfolk Hawfinch Titchwell RSPB still at visitor centre