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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.

Thursday 29th November 2018

A very blustery day, there were slim pickings on the sea but 7 Eiders, a Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Red-throated Divers, a Fulmar, 2 Great Crested Grebes and a Guillemot were close offshore early afternoon.

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Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Felbrigg Hall NT flew towards Metton Carr this morning
Norfolk c30.Snow Buntings Cley along beach
Norfolk c10.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltmarsh
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks on Tuesday Holkham Bay still on saltmarsh
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 7.Taiga Bean Geese y'day still Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton still at base of cliff at 10am
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still Wells Woods in NE corner of The Dell at 10.30am with tit flock
Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 8.Velvet Scoters Cley still on sea off beach car park
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea +2.Red-necked Grebes 8.Long-tailed Ducks. Snow Bunting on beach