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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 Friday 5th April 2019

At least one Red Kite was seen both morning and afternoon drifting over the grazing marshes, two Ruff were at the first NWT hide and 2 Med Gulls flew past the car park hide, and a Peregrine was of interest. Two Swallows were of note, 4 Cetti's Warbler were recorded and 16 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and 3 Blackcaps were seen. Three Stonechats were of interest and a Rock Pipit and 6 Siskins were logged.

A Green Hairstreak was around the reserve and 2 Peacocks were also present.

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Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh near Joe Jordan Hide at 3.21pm +Great White Egret
Norfolk 12.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT (+Cattle Egret Great White Egret). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley flew west past beach car park mid a'noon
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls west of Weeting still at Weeting Heath NWT in flight from car park mid a'noon IP26 4NQ
Norfolk possible Eastern Stonechat sp Kelling Heath on north side of railway at 11.30am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders beyond Portakabins early a'noon NR21 9GN
Norfolk no sign of Hoopoe Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water at high tide
Norfolk no sign of ad.Greenland White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB by late morning but Great White Egret west of track
Norfolk no news on Hoopoe Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Ring Ouzel reported y'day Thorpe St.Andrew flew north over Yarmouth Road Cemetery at 9.35pm [heard only]