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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 27th April 2019

A rough day with rain during the morning, the only highlight was a Frosted Green and a Pale Pinion in the moth traps.

A Pale Pinion enjoys a drink at the Obs bar...

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Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew south over Caister at 7.43am
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1.10pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes tho mobile (+Spoonbill still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day Langham on driveway briefly c4pm then flew SE +no further sign
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track viewable from sea wall by wooden bench at 12.28pm cTF.850.446
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew west over Weybourne Camp early morning
Norfolk Little Gull ad Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape briefly +2.Great White Egrets still +c5.Common Cranes
Norfolk Bluethroat recently Sheringham in Dead Man's Wood
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still on Rush Hill Scrape +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton Dunes +Woodlark
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes opposite metal gates. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew south over Eccles at 8.26am
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Winterton flew south over Low Road at 8.53am
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Trimingham flew east towards Mundesley
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Overstrand again 7.48am flew south towards Cromer Ridge then lost to view
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew east over Overstrand at c7.40am
Norfolk Osprey y'day Rockland Broad still
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) y'day just east of Wells still from track
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Sheringham still over The Burlington at c5.26am then lost to view +no further sign by 6am (+Hen Harrier flew east at 6am)