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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 8th March 2019

A Great White Egret flew over at 9am, and on the sea 21 Eiders, 23 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 23 Fulmars, and 22 Great Crested Grebes were counted. Also of note were a Woodcock, a single Chiffchaff, a Brambling and 6 Siskins.

Two Dotted Borders were in the moth traps

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Norfolk 2+Mealy Redpolls 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins this morning NR21 9GN
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (both ringtails) Warham Greens again 12.30pm
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT again (+Great White Egret still). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.36pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+Mealy Redpoll still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton North Dunes again by highest dune (+26.Snow Buntings still on North Beach)
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +Great White Egret 5.Common Cranes 79.Russian White-fronted Geese. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham still on rocks at 11am
Norfolk 16.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on shingle bank by Arnold's Marsh at 9.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret Morston 1/2ml east of quay at 11.40am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew west past Morston Quay at 11.26am
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 11.28am (+Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Old Gits Corner at 10.15am) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 1+Black Redstart fem/1w.male Choseley drying barns on machinery on south side at 10.45am
Norfolk 10.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still west of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton still on beach between groynes.6 +7. at 10.29am
Norfolk 3.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks mid morning
Norfolk 11.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +east of roped-off area mid morning (+White Wagtail) TF.896.458
Norfolk Great White Egret flew over Holme NOA