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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 Sunday 24th February 2019

Seawatching was the highlight again today with 64 Eiders east, 4 Long-tailed Ducks, 42 Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, 16 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 5 Fulmars, a Guillemot and a Razorbill all recorded. At least 12 Siskins flew over calling.

A Dotted Border and a Mottled Grey were in the moth trap.

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Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still +Short-eared Owl Great White Egret
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad still Snettisham Coastal Park c1/2ml north of caravan park in fields east of Green Wall mid a'noon with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 1+Black-necked Grebe Holme Dunes still on sea mid morning +2.Red-necked Grebes 2.Slav Grebes 3+Great Northern Divers 4+Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 3.Black-throated Divers Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still early a'noon 1.5mls west of Fakenham S of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk 2+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap near roped-off area this morning TF.896.458
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 flew NE over Sculthorpe Moor NR early a'noon NR21 9GN
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad y'day Snettisham RSPB on Ken Hill Marsh with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers Titchwell RSPB on sea +Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk 40+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum at 6.45am
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Upton Marshes NWT still
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Holkham Bay off Holkham Gap late morning +2.Slav Grebes
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley offshore
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still c10.30am 1.5mls west of Fakenham S of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Hooded Crow still Winterton
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still on North Scrape at 9.28am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Red-necked Grebe 2.Slav Grebes Great Northern Diver
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham S of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+2+Mealy Redpolls. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker by main track between vis'centre +Portakabins) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Heacham flew south over North Beach (+10.Bewick's Swans flew north)
Norfolk Black-throated Diver y'day Titchwell RSPB still on sea