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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 9th November 2018

Two Peregrines were grappling over the Observatory mid morning, and a Firecrest was reported with the tit flock in the pines near the NWT reserve. Three Snow Buntings were on the beach.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 3.40pm
Norfolk 6.Waxwings still 2pm Kelling by tea rooms tho mobile. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk still 1pm Sheringham on sea off RNLI station TG.152.435
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Winterton still on sea off North Beach
Norfolk again no sign of Lapland Bunting Winterton North Beach this a'noon (but 10.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk no sign of Eastern Stonechat sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1/2ml east of Salthouse +north of A149 Coast Road at Meadow Lane by mid a'noon. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Cley on sea off coastguards at 2.13pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Thetford still early a'noon at Nunnery Lakes
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Winterton over plantation at 1.05pm then flew to copse opposite seal viewing area
Norfolk no news on Eastern Stonechat sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male 1/2ml E.of Salthouse +N.of A149 Coast Rd at Meadow Lane. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv between Winterton North Dunes +Nelson Head track still 12.45pm in copse below 2nd steps in dunes south of track
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Burnham Overy Dunes still 12.38pm in pine viewed from road tho distant
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Welney WWT from Nelson-Lyle Hide
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Holme flew over beach from golf course at 9.30am
Norfolk 8.Parrot Crossbills Horsford at St.Faith's Common at 10.23am TG.180.175
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water
Norfolk no sign of any Parrot Crossbills Horsford at St.Faith's Common (but 6.Crossbills) TG.180.175
Norfolk 6.Waxwings Kelling still by bookshop at 10.20am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard between Winterton North Dunes +Nelson Head track still opposite 2nd steps south of track
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 4.Little Gulls flew east past Titchwell RSPB. 5.Spotted Redshanks on Tidal Pool
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Burnham Overy Dunes still in pine at 9.20am
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk Sheringham still on sea off RNLI station at 9.20am TG.152.435
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv flew south over Snettisham at 9.20am
Norfolk 8.Snow Buntings Winterton North Beach still just south of red markers with Linnets
Norfolk Great White Egret Thetford flew over Nunnery Lakes