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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 Monday 25th February 2019

The sea was the highlight again today with 3 Eider, 22 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 Velvet Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 8+ Great Northern Divers, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Red-necked Grebes, 3 Slavonian Grebes, and 3 Black-necked Grebes all seen offshore. On the grazing marshes 5 Ruff and 52 Golden Plover were of interest with a Black-tailed Godwit on the Broadwater. Also of note were a Barn Owl and 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Crossbills in the pines and 30+ Siskins over west.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 3pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Hooded Crow still Winterton north of Burnley Hall this morning
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Horsey on sea defence south of Nelson Head track at 1.30pm
Norfolk 4.Red-necked Grebes Holme Dunes on sea. 3+Black-necked Grebes at 12.58pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.male Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Marsh this a'noon
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still
Norfolk 3.Black-necked Grebes Holme Dunes on sea +3+Slav Grebes 8+Great Northern Divers 22.Long-tailed Ducks Velvet Scoter
Norfolk 20.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle ridge 1/2ml east of East Bank at 8.45am
Norfolk no further sign of Coues's Arctic Redpoll (form exilipes) 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins by late morning (but 3+Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 2+Black-throated Divers Holme Dunes on sea at 10.50am +1+Red-necked Grebe 12+Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Great Northern Diver still
Norfolk Jack Snipe Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR still on north island on east lake at 9.46am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting y'day NNW of Terrington St.Clement +SW of Ongar Hill
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 9.49am (+2+Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Beeston Common still near large ash tree at end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea. Spotted Redshank on Tidal Pool
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Haddiscoe Island from mound in Waveney Forest this evng +Short-eared Owl still TG.457.011
Norfolk reported possible Grey-bellied Brant y'day Snettisham Coastal Park was an ad.Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes east of Acle flew SW over A47 at Stracey Arms at 8.16am