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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.

Saturday 24th November 2018

A Ruddy Shelduck flew out towards Lavender Marsh early morning and on the sea 7 Eiders, 11 Common Scoters, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, 11 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 14 Great Crested Grebes, a Slavonian Grebe, 2 Razorbills and a Guillemot were seen. Merlin and Peregrine were hunting during the day and 12 Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore +6.Little Gulls
Norfolk 20+Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB viewed from mill
Norfolk Shorelark Salthouse at Gramborough Hill briefly this morning then flew east
Norfolk no further sign of Rough-legged Buzzard Kimberley at Kimberley Hall. No parking at Kimberley Hall, park in Wymondham +follow footpath north
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Horsey flew south past dunes
Norfolk Snow Bunting Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still 12.55pm viewable from mound in Waveney Forest TG.457.011
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Kimberley at Kimberley Hall early a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Cley offshore +Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still viewable from mound in Waveney Forest at 12.20pm TG.457.011
Norfolk 12+Twite Thornham on stumps on north side of car park at 11.38am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still late morning offshore +5+Long-tailed Ducks still +Slav Grebe 2+Red-necked Grebes
Norfolk Slav Grebe Breydon Water still at west end by far bank
Norfolk 10+Crossbills High Kelling in pines at rear of Heathfield Road at 9.24am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB offshore +Red-necked Grebe 3.Velvet Scoters flew east