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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.

Wednesday 16th January 2019

Fairly strong winds and rain in the afternoon limited activity somewhat. Offshore a drake Long-tailed Duck remained, along with around 50 Eiders, a Slavonian Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Fulmars west. Waders along the beach included 30 Oystercatchers, Grey Plover, 8 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Knot, 5 Sanderlings and 17 Dunlin.

A male Stonechat was feeding along the East Bank, 5 Greenfinch were in the car park again and 17 Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still + fem.Scaup
Norfolk 4 Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh +Pale-bellied Brent Goose 120+Russian White-fronted Goose +ad.hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 2+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped off area (+20.Snow Buntings still and Black-throated Diver Great Northern Diver)
Norfolk 70+ Snow Buntings Cley on beach
Norfolk Hen Harrier Stiffkey still
Norfolk 14+ Twite Thornham Harbour still by car park
Norfolk Long0tailed Duck Holme Dunes on sea
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on pits +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Blue Fulmar Sheringham this morning
Norfolk Waxwing midway between Titchwell and Thornham in head north of A149 at 2.38pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv till 12.40pm midway between beach car park and East Bank on dead seal then flew east
Norfolk 15. Common Cranes south of Repps at 1.46pm
Norfolk 2. Bean Goose sp Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 1.04pm
Norfolk 13.Common Cranes Clippesby in field north of Thurne Road this a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform at 12.14pm
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still atBurnt House Road from path opposite Malthouse Lane at 10.50am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB at Tidal Pool
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks y'day Titchwell RSPB on sea