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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 Friday 15th March 2019

A group of 20 Pink-feet were still on the grazing marshes, and 120 Brents were also present, together with 250 Wigeon, 5 Pochard and 7 Tufted Ducks on the Broadwater. A Water Rail was in front of the Dell Hide, with 100 Curlew and 2 Avocets around the Broadwater. At least 35 Meadow Pipits and, 4 Pied Wagtails were on the move, with 13 Twite still in Thornham Harbour, a Siskin west and 2 Stonechats along the east bank.

In the moth trap 4 Common Quakers, 2 Hebrew Characters, a Dotted Border, Mottled Grey and one Diurnea flagella were recorded.

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Norfolk Spoonbill ad Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape at 3pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) Cockley Cley in garden
Norfolk 2+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from main observatory. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 12.Mealy Redpolls Cockley Cley in garden this morning
Norfolk White Wagtail Kelling Water Meadow at 11.30am
Norfolk no sign of any Black Redstarts Winterton at Hermanus Restuarant but 2.White Wagtails in paddocks by Low Road
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Walcott till 12.20pm at Walcott Road in field opposite Poachers Pocket pub then flew south NR12 0LS
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Walcott again at Walcott Road in field opposite Poachers Pocket pub at 12.07pm NR12 0LS
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 11.45am (+2.Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers (1.male)) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Slav Grebe flew west past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 9.25am +2.White Wagtails flew west
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 under suspension bridge PE14 9TF
Norfolk Spotted Redshank y'day Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Wymondham at abbey at 8.12am then flew north
Norfolk 5+Spoonbills y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still +17.Russian White-fronted Geese 2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 11.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 5.Hawfinches on Wednesday still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks
Norfolk 13.Twite y'day Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll on Wednesday 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN