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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 Thursday 14th March 2019

A White Wagtail alighted briefly on the East Bank this morning before flying off West. A ringtail Hen Harrier was over the Grazing Marsh and a Water Pipit was seen on the pools south of the coastal path, west of Thornham Harbour. 12 Twite were around the Harbour itself, with a Peregrine and eight Eider also noted there.

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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 12.50pm NR21 9GN
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh near Parrinder Hide at 2.45pm +2.Red-crested Pochards (1.drk)
Norfolk Water Pipit Thornham +ringtail.Hen Harrier again +c12.Twite still
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese (2.ads) Cley NWT still in Eye Field this morning
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still from Friends Hide
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley still on sea off coastguards at 10.49am
Norfolk White Wagtail Holme NOA on East Bank then flew west
Norfolk White Wagtail Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton still on rocks 50yds north of groyne.1 at 9am
Norfolk Turtle Dove 1w still Blakeney in garden at Langham Road at 8.30am