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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 2nd March 2019

Seawatching today produced 4 Eiders, 2 Common Scoters, 29 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Fulmars, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, and 3 Black-necked Grebes. Also of interest were a ring-tail Hen Harrier past south of the Broadwater, 2 Avocets, a Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, a Spotted Redshank in Thornham Harbour, 9 Snipe off the grazing marsh, a Tawny Owl calling in the afternoon, and a Swallow in off the sea at 3.15pm.

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Norfolk 7.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still 3.05pm at Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton still by promenade at groyne.3 this a'noon on flowing tide tho mobile
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 2.18pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still midday 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins (3.Otters from Whitley Hide) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham Harbour at 12.52pm
Norfolk 16.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 11.30am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB over Volunteer Marsh at 12.12pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT flew over car park +landed on top of Ten Mile Bank
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk Black Redstart Choseley drying barns on concrete pad at 9.45am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver past Brancaster Marsh in 2hrs
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins at 9.13am NR21 9GN
Norfolk 19.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still at Holkham Gap at 8.45am +Lapland Bunting still (+male.Hen Harrier. 3.Red-necked Grebes Holkham Bay +Great Northern Diver Slav Grebe Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore