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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 17th November 2018

A movement of winter thrushes took place today with 450+ Redwings, 120 Blackbirds, 3 Fieldfares and 8 Song Thrushes recorded at the Observatory. A Tawny Owl was calling from the pines early afternoon and a Greenshank flew over calling. A female Blackcap was trapped and ringed, and a Rock Pipit flew over calling. A Short-eared Owl was hunting the dunes early afternoon.

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Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes at 2.44pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still early a'noon just east of Walsey Hills NOA by 2nd field south of A149 in sycamore by footpath
Norfolk Pom Skua flew east past Sheringham 8.30-11.20am (+4.Little Gulls Great Northern Diver)
Norfolk 13.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still at east end in exclosure at 2.03pm
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Waxaham on sea south of Waxham Gap at 10.20am. Purple Sand on rocks
Norfolk Great White Egret Thetford still at Nunnery Lakes NR on west side on flood viewed from Barnhamcross Common
Norfolk Cattle Egret reported Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +Bittern still
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem/juv.drk Barton Broad still late morning +3.Scaup still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just east of Walsey Hills NOA by 2nd field south of A149 in sycamore by footpath
Norfolk no sign of any Lapland Buntings Blakeney Freshmarsh (but 16.Twite in NW corner by gate)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Horsey still south of end of Nelson Head track in copse opposite 2nd seal viewing steps at 10.20am
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Cley still on sea off beach car park +35.Snow Buntings flew east
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk still Sheringham on sea off RNLI station at 9.16am