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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.

Friday 11th January 2019

On the sea today 58 Eiders, 21 Long-tailed Ducks, 13 Common Scoters, 15 Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Red-throated Divers, singles of Black-throated and Great Northern Diver, 4 Fulmars, a Shag, 4 Great Crested Grebes, a Red-necked Grebe and a Guillemot were all recorded. At least 3 Barn Owls were hunting early afternoon, and at least 6 Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 4.Little Gulls flew west past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Jack Snipe Cley NWT from Teal Hide at 10am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Reedbed Pool
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Rollesby Broad
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese SW of Thrigby still late morning in field right of road to Stokesby NR29 3DS
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Marshes still at Toft Monks Mill on river bank towards Burgh Castle late morning (+Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham Freshmarsh late morning (+Great White Egret)
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still +fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still late morning on middle pit +showing well
Norfolk 18.Velvet Scoters Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk 25+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap inr roped-off area +juv.Glaucous Gull flew west (+32.Snow Buntings still. Red-necked Grebe on sea +4+Velvet Scoters) TF.896.458
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese SW of Thrigby still mid morning tho distant NR29 3DS
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Thurne in field north of road Clippesby at 9.35am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still 9.30am flew east over beach east of beach car park
Norfolk 15.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still SE of footpath at south end of Burnt House Road
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still on beach east of beach car park at 9.07am
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB on Pit.3 at 8.15am