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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 Wednesday 20th March 2019

Bird of the day without a doubt, White-tailed Eagle ! The bird was initially spotted along the coast near Sheringham. It worked its way west and eventually, albeit distantly, became viewable from the Observatory as it headed for and along Ringstead Ridge. Other birds seen today included two Crossbills, Siskin, Tree Sparrow and there was a report of a House Martin.

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Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Horsey flew west over Nelson Head track at 8.30am
Norfolk Hen Harrier flew east over Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk 4.Wheatears Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 2.30pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 1.28pm (for 17th day)
Norfolk: NWT meeting tomorrow at 7.30pm at Cley Village Hall. Featuring Geroge Baldock 'Cley and Salthouse Marshes, a warden's perspective'. Entry £3, £2 members
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Heacham on south side flew over A149/ Lamsey Lane junction at 12.55pm (not 1.33pm)
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Heacham on south side flew over Lamsey Lane at c1.33pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier Thornham at 12.46pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Weeting Heath NWT north of road from car park 12.55-1.10pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew west over Old Hunstanton Park at 12.55pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Ringstead flew over Courtyard Farm at 12.41pm (+ringtail Hen Harrier)
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Thornham flew west over A149 at 12.36pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew SW over Titchwell RSPB at 12.30pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew west over Burnham Overy Dunes at 12.02pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew west over Holkham Freshmarsh at 11.57am
Norfolk 3+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from main observatory at 11.38am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew over Glandford at 11.18am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew west over Morston at 11.29am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle between Weybourne +Sheringham flew west over ridge at 11am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR at 9.30am then flew south over Grimston Warren
Norfolk probable White-tailed Eagle Sidestrand flew west over ridge at 10.20am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew over Berney Marshes RSPB. Short-eared Owl Breydon Water at South Wall
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew over Berney Marshes RSPB. Short-eared Owl Breydon Water at South Wall
Norfolk 21.Shorelarks Holkham Bay again east of Holkham Gap at 9.23am TF.896.458
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Pool. Whiter Wagtail in paddock. ringtail Hen Harrier on saltmarsh