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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.

Sunday 16th December 2018

On the sea today highlights were 83 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 88 Eiders, 7 Long-tailed Ducks, 8 Common Scoters, 1 Velvet Scoter, 17 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 6 Fulmars, a Gannet, 20 Great Crested Grebes and a Razorbill. A Barn Owl and 2 Short-eared Owls were also noted, with a Cetti's Warbler calling near the Broadwater, a Merlin near the harbour and 12 Twite also still present.

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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Blakeney Harbour
Norfolk 27.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike 1ml SE of Brundall at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in scrub from Tower Hide at 11.55am tho distant NR13 4HS
Norfolk 24.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen at 12.05pm
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese Welney WWT still +White Stork. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese 1ml SSE of Waxham at Walnut Farm with Pink-footed Geese cTG.451.246 NR12 0EG
Norfolk 23.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still (+Long-tailed Duck)
Norfolk 12.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still (+60.Snow Buntings Red-necked Grebe 4.Slav Grebes Great Northern Diver. Short-eared Owl flew in off sea at 10.30am)Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +Slav Grebe Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 18.Bewick's Swans 1ml west of Sea Palling on pool opposite Boundary Farm +15.Whooper Swans TG.411.269
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese Catfield by A149
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +7.Long-tailed Ducks. 2.Water Pipits on Reedbed Pool
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB again over Volunteer Marsh