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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 1st March 2019

Another cooler day with heavy cloud in the afternoon. Most interest came from the sea again, with at least 10 Slavonian Grebes, Black-necked Grebe, 2 Red-necked Grebes, 21 Long-tailed Ducks, 6 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, 60 Red-breasted Merganser, Pintail, 4 Fulmar and a single Gannet east.

Other interest around the reserve included 2 Spoonbills flying west around midday, 3 Red Kites over the marsh, a single Siskin, 2 Avocets and a ring-tailed Hen Harrier over the sea wall.

In Thornham Harbour 12 Twite remained and a Spotted Redshank was calling from the channel. Two Barn Owls were hunting early afternoon and 14 Meadow Pipits were feeding on the east bank.

This Pine Beauty was the only moth in the trap - Holme Bird Obs, March 2019 © David Bratt

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Norfolk 17.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on beach by Arnold's Marsh +showing well
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Loddon at Hardley Staithe
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB +Spoonbill
Norfolk Black-throated Diver y'day Holme Dunes on sea
Norfolk 60+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from Woodland Hide at 4pm
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Downham Market in relief channel at 4.45pm
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton on beach between groynes.3+5 late a'noon
Norfolk 12.Twite Thornham Harbour still 3.45pm
Norfolk 5+Red-necked Grebes Holme Dunes on sea this a'noon +9+Slav Grebes 3.Black-necked Grebes 10.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Cley on sea at beach car park at 2.22pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.55pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders in clearing beyond Portakabins (+2.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 16+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +100yds east of information board this a'noon +Lapland Bunting TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers Titchwell RSPB on sea +Red-necked Grebe Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 14.Common Cranes Clippesby Marsh
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +500yds east of roped-off area at 9.15am TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still from Main Observatory at 11.55am tho distant
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 11.16am 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins (+Mealy Redpoll still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets y'day Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp +Lapland Bunting flew west. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool
Norfolk 2+Twite Thornham Harbour still just before coal barn at 9am
Norfolk Goshawk male Cley flew over west side at 8.35am
Norfolk 4.Waxwings Norwich flew north over Quebec Road at 8.15am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea +2.Slav Grebes still
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB flew east over Volunteer Marsh