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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.

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 22nd February 2019

Spring had definitely sprung today with 2 Red Kites drifting over the reserve and on the sea 3 Pintail, 17 Long-tailed Ducks, 43 Red-breasted Mergansers, 10 Goldeneye, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 10 Fulmars, 21 Great Crested Grebes, a Black-necked Grebe and 2 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Guillemots and a Kittiwake. Also of note were a Water Rail calling, an adult Med Gull over east, 3 Barn Owls, a Tawny Owl, 4+ Stonechats and 2 Crossbills in the pines during the morning.

Butterflies were on the wing with a Red Admiral, Peacock, Brimstone and Comma all seen during the day.

A drake Pintail was on Redwell Marsh

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Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Titchwell RSPB at c12.30pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew high west over Brancaster Staithe at 1.02pm
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still +Cattle Egret still
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Holme Dunes on sea on ebbing tide +showing well +7.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton still by promenade at groyne.3 at 10.46am
Norfolk 2.Black-necked Grebes Thornham Point on sea +Long-tailed Duck 2.Slav Grebes Black-throated Diver 4.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Welney WWT still
Norfolk Lapland Bunting West Runton briefly 7.30am then flew west (+Woodlark flew over)
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) reported still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN