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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.

Wednesday 28th November 2018

A quieter day with strong winds from the south limiting activity in the bushes. A movement of Lapwing west amounted to around 360 birds, a Spotted Redshank was in Thornham Harbour and a Red-breasted Merganser was on the sea. Small numbers of Fieldfare were also moving west with 29 noted, 12 Rock Pipits were counted between the beach and sea wall and 14 Twite were feeding around the coal barn at midday.

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Norfolk hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose ad Holkham Bay still on saltmarsh north of Holkham Gap with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Hen Harrier Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk 3.Black-throated Divers Titchwell RSPB on sea this morning +2.Red-necked Grebes 3+Slav Grebes 3.Great Northern Divers 12.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB still late a'noon (+2.ringtail Hen Harriers)
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe y'day Sheringham
Norfolk 3.Mealy Redpolls y'day Wells Wood
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cley NWT on Pat's Pool late a'noon
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Blakeney Point at east end midway between Halfway House +Cley beach car park at 1.03pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl near Thornham Point on beach
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Black Redstart ad.male Sheringham on promenade
Norfolk Smew redhead flew east past Sheringham
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Blakeney Harbour viewed from Morston
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll y'day Wells Wood
Norfolk 8.Velvet Scoters Cley on sea off beach car park at 10.09am
Norfolk 6.Velvet Scoters (all fem/juv.drk) Cley on sea off beach car park at 9.09am
Norfolk 25.Snow Buntings Cley at beach car park at 9.03am
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB again at point (+Black-throated Diver still +2.Great Northern Divers 3.Long-tailed Ducks)
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs again in tree at 7.20am then flew south