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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 18th April 2019

A productive day especially from a ringing perspective with both Ring Ouzel and Black Redstart ringed. Three Pied Flycatchers and two Black Redstarts spent the majority of the day on the reserve with two of the Pied Flycatchers regularly utilising the posts outside the Obs building. A drake Garganey was on Redwell Marsh seemingly later relocating to the NWT reserve. Other birds of note included at least six Ring Ouzels in total, Short-eared Owl, Common Redstart, Greenshank, Fieldfare and Brambling.

Butterflies put in an appearance too, with seven species recorded including Holly Blue and Green Hairstreak.
Male Pied Flycatcher

Female Ring Ouzel

Black Redstart
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Norfolk Ring Ouzel West Runton on cliff opposite Rocky Bottom at 1pm
Norfolk 6.Little Gulls (5.ads +1w) Norwich still late a'noon at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk Arctic Tern Norwich flew east over Whitehall Road mid a'noon
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Heacham at South Beach
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys (2.males) Holme NOA mid a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Black Redstart Great Yarmouth Cemetery in NW corner of north section mid a'noon
Norfolk Osprey Norwich south of UEA Broad flew north at 1.20pm
Norfolk 5.Arctic Terns Norwich still at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad mid a'noon +6.Little Gulls
Norfolk 6+Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes at east end just west of Holkham Pines at 11.30am
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Winterton still c1pm in South Dunes by public steps
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still late morning +Arctic Tern still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml ENE of Stiffkey along coast path 300yds west of Stiffkey Fen (+Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk 12.Little Gulls Rockland Broad at 11.45am but no sign of Osprey
Norfolk 27.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap west of roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide this morning
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (both ringtails) Breydon Water North Wall Marshes at 11.30am
Norfolk Pied Fly male Holme NOA still 11.20am
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes flew over Gorleston late morning
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (2.males) Holme Dunes NWT in fields behind hides mid morning
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (1.male) Waxham 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Breydon Water flew south over north end mid morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common NNR at 9.45am
Norfolk Wryneck Blakeney Point east of lifeboat house by huts mid morning tho mobile (+4.Ring Ouzels)
Norfolk Pied Fly male Holme NOA
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich on Westlegate at Aviva at 9.15am
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Winterton again
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Holme NOA still +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Black Tern still Barton Broad +Arctic Tern still
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels north of Southrepps in fields
Norfolk 4+Arctic Terns Norwich still at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk 6.Ring Ouzels Beeston Bump behind pit
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) y'day Aldeby still on pool viewed from river bank at Castle Marshes in evng
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB flew east over reedbed
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Beeston Bump
Norfolk Hawfinch Blakeney still in garden at 6.20am