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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 Wednesday 13th February 2019

A productive day bird wise with the day starting with 14 Twite in Thornham Harbour. A look through the Pink-footed geese on the grazing Marsh revealed two Russian White-fronted Geese in amongst them with a rather smart looking Drake Pintail also present on the Broadwater nearby.
On the sea highlights included Two Slavonian Grebes, two Goosander flying past west and a high count of at least 28 Great-crested Grebes. At least two Porpoises were also noted feeding just offshore. On the raptor front, Merlin and Red Kite were both noted during the day.

Drake Pintail on the Broadwater

One of two Russian White-fronted Geese on the Grazing Marsh
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Norfolk 14.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh still 2.06pm +male Hen Harrier again
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Holme Dunes on sea
Norfolk 12.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh still in NW corner at midday. Spoonbill on saltmarsh
Norfolk 7.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 opposite bungalow just south of suspension bridge at 1.45pm PE14 9TF
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still below Rotary Hide viewable from east side at 12.15pm
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area +showing well
Norfolk 2+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +just west of roped-off area
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Burnham Overy
Norfolk 2+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk 2.Jack Snipe Thetford still at Nunnery Lakes NR early a'noon +showing well
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 11.46am from North Hide
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still from North Hide at 11.15am (+c20.Snow Buntings still)
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham still on rocks below Funky Mackerel cafe at 10.30am
Norfolk White-fronted Goose Holme on grazing marsh with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Jack Snipe Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR still
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Hunstanton at seafront
Norfolk 7.Snow Buntings Cley still by beach car park
Norfolk 14.Twite Thornham Harbour still 8am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB at Volunteer Marsh