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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.

Thursday 5th April 2018

A male Black Redstart was present on the east bank during the morning, making its way westwards. At least 2 Swallows also passed through west, and 4 Chiffchaffs were counted. Two Ring Ouzels were reported in the dunes, 12 Eider were offshore, a Peregrine was busy hunting during the morning and 2 Cetti's Warblers were at the village hides.

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Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still from Babcock Hide at 3.06pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton on marshes at 1pm +Water Pipit
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Cley NWT still 1.35pm behind visitor centre
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew west past Weybourne this morning +imm.Iceland Gull flew west
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Beeston Common flew south past pond
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley NWT at visitor centre
Norfolk 2+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane (+Mealy Redpoll) TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk Black Redstart Heacham North Beach midway to Hunstanton by pink chalet.42
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk Hooded Crow Choseley still near pig farm west of drying barns
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Salthouse just east of Beach Road
Norfolk Redstart male between Hunstanton +Heacham by chalets cTF.666.384
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Snettisham Coastal Park at 8.30am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Choseley in hedge c300yds north of drying barns
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Choseley in hedge c300yds north of drying barns