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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.

Saturday 21st April 2018

A flock of 84 Pink-feet flew over east and a Greenshank, Red Kite and a Short-eared Owl were seen over the grazing marshes during the day. At least 20 Yellow Wagtails were among the cattle in the afternoon, and a Cuckoo was calling. Six Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, and 6 Lesser Whitethroats were noted and at least 3 Grasshopper Warblers were around the recording area with 2 trapped and ringed at the Observatory. 10 Sedge Warblers, a single Reed Warbler, a female Stonechat, a Wheatear, a Brambling, 12 Redpolls and a Siskin were also seen. A Common Redstart and 2 Ring Ouzels were on the NWT reserve.

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Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Cley NWT still 3.30pm on flood on Cricket Marsh viewed from bench on West Bank
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Berney Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT on Billy's Wash at 3.16pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still 3pm at rear of Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail male Cley NWT still 3pm on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Great White Egret east of Stiffkey still 2pm on floods south of A149
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Cley NWT on flood on Cricket Marsh viewed from bench on West Bank. male.Blue-headed Wagtail Simmonds' Scrape still 1pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail male Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 11.37am
Norfolk Arctic Tern Hockwold Washes at midday
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR briefly 7.40am then flew NW
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park +fem.Ring Ouzel Whimbrel
Norfolk Great White Egret Salthouse still 10.55am on pool east of Iron Road
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels (3.males) Winterton North Dunes at crosstracks between beach +Winterton Holmes then flew south at 10.20am
Norfolk possible Montagu's Harrier reported Horsey in dunes
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Cley NWT from Babcock Hide at 8.37am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk 7.Garganey (6.drks) Potter Heigham Marshes +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk Great White Egret Stiffkey on floods south of A149 at 8.40am
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT on The Serpentine
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes y'day flew over Claxton. Arctic Tern Rockland Broad
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes y'day flew over Claxton. Arctic Tern Rockland Broad