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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.

Saturday 9th February 2019

A Peregrine was hunting the grazing marsh, with a single Black-tailed Godwit beside the Broadwater and a Spotted Redshank at Thornham Harbour, where at least 8 Twite were also present. On the sea 2 Eiders, 5 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Common Scoters, 13 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Fulmars, 9 Great Crested Grebes and a Kittiwake were recorded.

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Norfolk reported Parrot Crossbills Lynford Arboretum in trees by bridge near feeders at 11.45am were Common Crossbills
Norfolk 4.Parrot Crossbills reported Lynford Arboretum in trees by bridge near feeders at 11.45am
Norfolk 26.Snow Buntings Holkham still this a'noon +10.Russian White-fronted Geese Great White Egret
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Roydon Common then flew towards tower on Grimston Warren +lost view over hill
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Winterton North Dunes still on beach at 11am
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Warham Greens flew west viewed from gate at bottom of track at 11.30am
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes Thurne Staithe at 11.50am tho distant. 27.Whooper Swans just east of Horning +27.Bewick's Swans
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes Thurne Staithe at 11.50am tho distant. 27.Whooper Swans just east of Horning +27.Bewick's Swans
Norfolk 8+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk 60+Snow Buntings Cley still on beach
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck just NW of Filby on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform mid morning
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still near North Hide on dead seal on beach at 10.20am then flew to North Scrape
Norfolk 8.Twite Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk 2+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh on grazing marsh from Tower Hide at 9.32am +Great White Egret
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham harbour at 9.15am
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese between Wiveton +Langham still in sugar beet field at 9.56am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk c25.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 9.34am (+28.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 3.Red-crested Pochards (2.drks) Colney GPs on pit parallel to Chapel Break Road at 9.41am. View only from roadside
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese between Wiveton +Langham still in sugar beet field at 9.36am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +Spotted Redshank on Volunteer Marsh