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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.

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Birds on the sea today included five Long-tailed Ducks and single Red-necked Grebe and Velvet Scoter. A Spoonbill was a surprise visitor, noted flying west over the Observatory. A Peregrine was hunting over the grazing Marsh and at least three Barn Owls were also noted during the course of day.

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Norfolk Hen Harrier male Upton Marshes NWT
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 2.33pm
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between Wiveton +Langham still mid a'noon in sugar beet field with Pink-footed Geese (+Barnacle Goose)
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese SW of Fakenham at West Raynham at Raynham Park Lake early a'noon
Norfolk 27.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap 200yds west of roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Holme NOA at 1.30pm
Norfolk 3.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB by 4th pit on bank between hides at 11.30am
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose y'day Cley NWT in Eye Field
Norfolk 16.Twite y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh still in NW corner +2.Pale-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.fem y'day between Wiveton +Langham by sugar beet field
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between Wiveton +Langham in sugar beet field at 11.31am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 56.Bewick's Swans Breydon Water opposite South Wall pumphouse
Norfolk 38.Russian White-fronted Geese NE of Halvergate by Branch Road late morning
Norfolk 20.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap 200yds west of roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area at 9.30am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holme Dunes on sea north of NOA observatory
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +4.Great Northern Divers 4.Long-tailed Ducks