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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 20th April 2018

On the sea today 18 Common Scoters and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Great Northern Diver, 7 Great Crested Grebes and 27 Sandwich Terns were counted. A Short-eared Owl was hunting the marsh early morning and 8 Swallows passed through west. Migrants included 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 6 Lesser Whitethroats, 7 Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, 6+ Redwings at first light, a Yellow Wagtail and 6 Redpolls.

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Norfolk Black Tern Welney WWT tho distant
Norfolk 10.Garganey (8.drks) Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh south of coast path at 11.15am
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still 11.45am on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew east over Cley NWT +landed towards Salthouse at 11.20am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park still 11.15am
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Berney Marshes RSPB in field east of Berney Arms by flood wall
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Salthouse flew east past Gramborough Hill at 8.30am
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Cley NWT still on Watling Water from Babcock Hide +Spoonbill White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 9+Ring Ouzels Cromer on golf course
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (all males) Trimingham in fields near Pond Plantation
Norfolk Arctic Tern Potter Heigham Marshes at 9.15am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sheringham on Holt Road flew NE over recycling centre at 8.55am
Norfolk Common Crane flew NE over Holkham at 9am
Norfolk 14.Ring Ouzels thru Sidestrand
Norfolk 6.Ring Ouzels flew SW over Sheringham at 7.34am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Thornham on Ship Street at 7.30am
Norfolk 10.Ring Ouzels Sidestrand then flew west