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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.

Monday 11th February 2019

A beautiful day, almost like spring! A Red Kite flushed huge flocks of wildfowl and waders on the grazing marsh early afternoon, including 750+ Lapwings, 375 Golden Plovers, 225 Brent Geese, 450 Wigeon, 300 Starlings and 95 Curlew. Also of interest were a Rock Pipit over calling, 18 Ruff were counted and a young male Sparrowhawk was trapped and ringed.

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Norfolk 7.Common Cranes Clippesby. Short-eared Owl near river at Black Mill
Norfolk 16.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh +Pale-bellied Brent Goose +male Hen Harrier flew west
Norfolk 15+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (Great White Egret from Joe Jordan Hide +12.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area +showing well
Norfolk 14.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+c50.Snow Buntings still. Pale-bellied Brent Goose by Lady Anne's Drive)
Norfolk Bean Goose sp Winterton at Bramble Hill with Pink-footed Geese (+Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Grimston Warren at 10.17am +showing well
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still near North Hide on dead seal on beach at 9.38am
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Trimingham then flew west
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between Wiveton +Langham still in sugar beet field by lane at 8.51am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Trimingham on beach at 8.40am