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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 29th October 2018

On and around the reserve there at least 12 Crossbills in the Pines, four Bearded Reedlings along the edge of the Broadwater and Short-eared Owl and Merlin over the Grazing Marsh. Along the beach there were a flock of around 25 Snow Buntings and a Lapland Bunting with the six Shorelark still present on the beach near the Golf course. The sea produced counts of 18 Eider, 3 Little auks, and single Sabine's Gull, Long-tailed Duck, Slavonian Grebe and Great Northern Diver.

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Norfolk 6.Shorelarks still Holme Dunes NWT on beach east of golf course this a'noon
Norfolk probable Arctic Redpoll Winterton North Dunes in bushes near totem pole
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey south of A149 along path by flood
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Morston by pond near start of Langham Road
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Ducks flew south past Waxham this morning +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still 1pm NW of Weybourne at Weybourne Camp in scrub on east side of mound
Norfolk 1+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Wells Woods still 3pm at puddles on main track tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Waxham this morning
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL still 2.45pm Titchwell RSPB in suaeda by main path tho elusive
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER NW of Weybourne at Weybourne Camp. 3.Little Auks flew west 7.10am-12.40pm +Lapland Bunting flew east
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Horsey still mid a'noon in oak in willow scrub west of coast path c400yds north of car park
Norfolk 2.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS Blakeney Point c300yds west of Cley beach car park mid a'noon
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL again mid a'noon Titchwell RSPB in suaeda by main path tho elusive
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Wells Woods this morning with c60.Lesser Redpolls tho mobile (for 2nd day)
Norfolk no further sign of Little Auk Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk no further sign of Red-flanked Bluetail Titchwell RSPB on path c100yds south of beach by 12.50pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Waxham flew SE over Shangri-La chalet at 12.30pm
Norfolk Barred Warbler still early a'noon Burnham Overy Dunes at east end +Waxwing ove
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard flew north over Horsey Gap at 12.20pm (Long-eared Owl in oak in willow scrub west of coast path c400yds north of car park)
Norfolk Little Auk flew east past Holme at c11.50am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Titchwell RSPB on path c100yds south of beach at 12.10pm
Norfolk Pom Skua flew west past Burnham Overy Dunes (+Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk probable White-tailed Eagle juv flew east over Strumpshaw Fen RSPB late morning
Norfolk Barred Warbler still Burnham Overy Dunes at east end at 11.15am (+Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Norwich flew NE over Broadlands Business Park at c10.47am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Blakeney Point midway between beach car park +Halfway House near wreck
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Blakeney Point midway between beach car park +Halfway House near wreck
Norfolk 12.Snow Buntings Winterton still by groyne.58
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT stil
Norfolk Little Auk Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow at 10.33am
Norfolk 2.Siberian Chiffchaffs Wells Woods +Mealy Redpoll Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of an eastern form
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Warham Greens flew west over Garden Drove at 9.20am (+Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of an eastern form) +Hen Harrier)
Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at 9.20am
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 1/2ml east of Salthouse north of A149 Coast Road at Meadow Lane from 2nd gate. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane. Keep out of field TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Cley flew west along A149 at 8.40am
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Great White Egret Potter Heigham on Marsh Road on pond opposite Hall Farm
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +Short-eared Owl flew in off sea
Norfolk Hawfinch Great Yarmouth Cemetery flew towards south section at 8.10am
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Winterton
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew SSW over Salthouse Heath viewed from Walsey Hills NOA at 7.46am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Weybourne over sea drifting west at 7.39am