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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.

Thursday 7th February 2019

A very windy and at times wet day meaning birds were rather thin on the ground. The best of the day were two Peregrines seen mid morning hunting out over the grazing Marsh.

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Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Cley NWT still in Eye Field at 2.50pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 3.10pm on beach
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still near North Hide on dead seal on beach this a'noon +showing well
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv y'day Cley NWT still near North Hide on dead seal on beach +showing well
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins at 12.50pm
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese Thornham in ploughed field south of Eric's Fish +Chip shop at 11.59am
Norfolk 1+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh from Tower Hide at 10.34am +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between Wiveton +Langham in sugar beet field at 10.03am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose Winterton by plantation near North Dunes with Pink-footed Geese (+2.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +Great Northern Diver Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still