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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 2nd November 2018

A Firecrest was seen in the pines at the back of the NWT visitors centre and on the sea 1 Eider, 102 Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 36 Gannets, 20 Great Crested Grebes, and a Red-necked Grebe were seen on the sea. Single Spotted Redshank and Greenshank were recorded with a female Merlin hunting the marsh, a single Swallow west and 2 Stonechats along the east bank.  A Purple Sandpiper was seen on the beach and a Grey Heron came in off the sea.

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Norfolk 3.Waxwings Winterton flew north over dunes at 1pm (+Short-eared Owl. 3.Crossbills in plantation)
Norfolk 3.Rough-legged Buzzards Horsey still early a'noon viewed from layby along Horsey- Somerton road
Norfolk KING EIDER ecl.drk Sheringham still 1.40pm on sea off Whelk Coppers Tea Rooms
Norfolk KING EIDER ecl.drk Sheringham still 1.29pm on sea off The Leas drifted east
Norfolk KING EIDER ecl.drk Sheringham still 1.10pm on sea off The Leas
Norfolk 2.Rough-legged Buzzards Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey still this a'noon in bush north of Nelson Head track
Norfolk KING EIDER ecl.drk Sheringham still 12.50pm on sea off The Leas
Norfolk KING EIDER ecl.drk Sheringham still 12.10pm offshore
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Winterton drifted south offshore
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Trimingham in field west of clifftop wood
Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings Winterton on beach c1/2ml south of Dunes Cafe at 9.45am
Norfolk KING EIDER ecl.drk c1ml west of Sheringham still off Sheringham Golf Course at 11.34am
Norfolk 5.Crossbills flew west over Briston at 10.10am
Norfolk Grey Phal Salthouse flew east past Gramborough Hill early morning
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 10.50am 1/2ml E.of Salthouse +N.of A149 Coast Rd at Meadow Lane from 2nd gate. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard flew NW over Sparham Pools at 10.15am
Norfolk 4.Rough-legged Buzzards Horsey
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Titchwell RSPB flew east over path (+5.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 3.Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey still 10.20am over Burnley Estate wood
Norfolk 3.Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey: 1.flew south towardss Winterton, 1.2nd steps, 1.over Nelson Head track
Norfolk no news on ecl.drk.King Eider Sheringham
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard flew south over Horsey [2nd bird]
Norfolk Pom Skua juv Titchwell RSPB flew west along beach
Norfolk 5.Snow Buntings Titchwell RSPB on beach
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard between Horsey +Winterton still at 2nd steps south of Nelson Head track
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 1/2ml E.of Salthouse +N.of A149 Coast Rd at Meadow Lane from 2nd gate at 9.13am. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Wells Wood still at The Dell by kissing gate +Waxwing flew over
Norfolk Goshawk ad.male near Hevingham in woods by Stratton Stawless Hall at c7.20am
Norfolk Whinchat Titchwell RSPB in paddocks
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Colney GPs tho elusive
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB on Brackish Marsh at 7.49am
Norfolk Vagrant Emperor dragonfly fem y'day still 3.30pm Gorleston at James Paget Hospital