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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 29th December 2018

On the sea today 70+ Eiders, 3 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes, a Red-necked Grebe and 2 Guillemots were of interest, with a Peregrine hunting over the grazing marsh and 2 Barn Owls seen late afternoon.

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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem/juv.drk Barton Broad still 3.05pm +2.fem.Scaup
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 2.25pm SE of North Walsham at Briggate on canal
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still 1.16pm by police station
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +6.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 12.42pm SE of North Walsham at Briggate on canal
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea at 11am
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still SE of North Walsham at Briggate on canal
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Hopton-on-Sea off Warren Lane at 10.30am
Norfolk no news on Black-bellied Dipper 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton by police station
Norfolk no sign of possible ad.Grey-bellied Brant 1/2ml south of Docking viewed SW from King's Lynn Road at 10.05am TF.763.360
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad still 1/2ml south of Docking viewed SW from King's Lynn Road with Pink-footed Geese