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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 Tuesday 5th March 2019

On the sea early morning there were single Black-necked Grebe, Great Northern and Red-throated Divers plus 15 Common Scoter and two Eider. A Barn Owl was hunting on the North side of the dunes, no doubt trying to find some shelter from the wind.

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Norfolk 3+Mealy Redpolls 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still mid a'noon 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Snow Bunting Winterton on groyne.59
Norfolk Shorelark Holkham Bay still at Holkham Gap
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins late morning (+Mealy Redpoll still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Upton Marshes NWT still this morning
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp at 8.50am. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk 160.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Holkham Freshmarsh +3.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Stiffke
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Titchwell RSPB again on Thornham Marsh at 9.52am +showing well
Norfolk 20.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still at Holkham Gap in morning
Norfolk Black Redstart 1.5mls south of Titchwell still at Choseley at drying barns
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Holme Dunes on sea +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB again on sea
Norfolk 2.Black-necked Grebes Titchwell RSPB again on sea +Long-tailed Duck. Water Pipit still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 4.Hawfinches y'day Lynford Arboretum still late a'noon