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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 23rd November 2018

Highlights on this gloomy day were a female Eider, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, and a Slavonian Grebe offshore. A Water Rail was calling from the edge of the Broadwater, and a Spotted Redshank flew over the grazing marsh.

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Norfolk 2.Rough-legged Buzzards Haddiscoe Island viewable from mound in Waveney Forest at 1.40pm TG.457.011
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cromer east of pier above No.1 beach hut
Norfolk probable Parrot Crossbill Waveney Forest flew over mound at 12.45pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still viewable from mound in Waveney Forest (+Short-eared Owl still) TG.457.011
Norfolk Caspian Gull (German-ringed) 3w West Runton
Norfolk 3.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still TF.896.458
Norfolk no sign of any Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +4.Long-tailed Ducks. 2.Spotted Redshanks on tidal pool. Bewick's Swan on freshmarsh then flew west
Norfolk Bewick's Swan flew west over Thornham at 7am