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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 13th January 2019

On the sea today a raft of 60 Eiders was of note with at least 12 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Guillemots, 3 Red-throated Divers and an adult Little Gull also recorded. A flock of 53 Barnacle Geese flew west past the Observatory at 12.37pm.

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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egret Welney still mid a'noon on bank at Gold Hill near road bridge
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck drk Weybourne on sea
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Cley still along beach +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese Runham still
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Rollesby Broad still at south end from car park bridge tho distant
Norfolk 1+Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still viewable from mound in Waveney Forest TG.457.011
Norfolk 15.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still from south end of Burnt House Road tho distant
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still Welney WWT from Main Hide. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Slav Grebe Thornham Point +2.Little Gulls
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Thornham Point
Norfolk Little Gull flew west past Thornham Point
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on Pit.3 +Spoonbill