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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 20th December 2018

Highlights today included 64 Eiders, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Common Scoters, a drake Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver and 3 Great Crested Grebes. A ring-tail Hen Harrier was seen mid morning at Thornham and a Barn Owl was hunting at the east end of Holme village early afternoon.

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Norfolk Snow Bunting Winterton
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from main observatory +White Stork still (+7.Russian White-fronted Geese still +Great White Egret still)
Norfolk Smew redhead still just NW of Filby on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Gorleston on sea near yellow buoy at 12.17pm
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem/juv.drk Barton Broad still +2.fem.Scaup
Norfolk 20+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltings (+100.Snow Buntings Red-necked Grebe)
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh mid morning
Norfolk 1+Shorelark Holkham Bay still on saltings (+1+Snow Bunting 6.Slav Grebes Great Northern Diver Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes y'day Welney WWT flew over cafe
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB but no sign of redhead Smew
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs again 7.25am then flew off
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from river bank beyond windpump at 9.09am tho distant
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea. ringtail Hen Harrier Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea. ringtail Hen Harrier Thornham Marsh