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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.

Monday 16th April 2018

On the sea today 9 Eiders, 500+ Common Scoters, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 18 Fulmars, and 20 Sandwich Terns were recorded. Two Black-tailed Godwits and a single Ruff were on the grazing marshes and a Barn Owl was hunting during the day. A Firecrest was in the pines behind the Observatory and a Black Redstart was at the west end of the NOA reserve. Two Sand Martins, 12 Swallows and 2 House Martins flew through on passage. A Cetti's Warbler was near the entrance gate to the NWT, and 6 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and 3 Blackcaps were around the NOA reserve. A total of 3 Lesser Whitehroats and 4 Sedge Warblers were around the reserves and 2 Stonechats and a Wheatear were along the sea wall to Thornham. 15+ Yellow Wagtails were among the cattle south of the river Hun.

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Snettisham Coastal Park still at south end this a'noon +male.Redstart
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Weybourne Camp +Black Redstart
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv y'day Trimingham (+Ring Ouzel)
Norfolk Little Gull Cley NWT at Pat's Pool early a'noon
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 1.30pm east of hide in channel by flood
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point
Norfolk 2.Garganey Hickling Broad NWT on Bishop's Marsh this a'noon
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Blakeney Point at Halfway House +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 2.Black-necked Grebes still 11.48am Welney WWT from observatory
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER 1ml SE of Brundall at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at Lackford Run at 11.52am (+2.Common Cranes flew east) NR13 4HS
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Mundesley this morning
Norfolk 2.Black-necked Grebes still Welney WWT from main hide
Norfolk 3.Garganey (2.drks) Hickling Broad NWT between Swim Coots +Rush Hill Scrape tho mobile
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male SSE of Mundesley at Knapton in garden
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew over Winterton Holmes
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB on flood just east of hide
Norfolk 11.Little Gulls y'day Barton Broad at 7.15pm then flew off
Norfolk Spoonbill flew east over Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 6.40am