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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 Saturday 16th March 2019

Moth traps were surprisingly busy today despite the gales, with 2 Mottled Grey, 5 Hebrew Characters, 6 Common Quakers, 1 Chestnut, 1 Oak Beauty, 1 Red Chestnut, and 1 Dotted Border.

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Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham still on rocks below Crown pub
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley still on sea off beach car park this a'noon
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide early a'noon
Norfolk 7+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll y'day 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape late morning. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk White Wagtail Kelling Quags briefly then flew east
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Heigham Holmes again viewed from bank at 10.53am
Norfolk 16.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle ridge by Arnold's Marsh. Short-eared Owl still mid morning at North Scrape +1w.Spoonbill still on Billy's Wash
Norfolk White Wagtail Winterton Dunes in car park
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from main observatory at 10.38am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT still (+Cattle Egret again). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Great White Egret Heigham Holmes again viewed from bank
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley NWT flushed near North Screen at 9.15am. 1w.Spoonbill still on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese flew east past Cley NWT at 9.15am