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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 4th April 2019

A Fieldfare and several Siskins plus the heavy morning frost gave a wintery fell to the start of the day, though this was balanced by a Swallow and at least six Blackcaps later around the site.
On the sea there eight Eider noted and birds of prey were represented by a Peregrine and a Red Kite.
The Firecrest was again at Walsey Hills.

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Norfolk Greenland White-fronted Goose ad still Buckenham Marshes RSPB c200yds east of hide at 2.15pm
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 beyond Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton South Dunes near Hermanus Restaurant
Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley still early a'noon just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at south end
Norfolk Hoopoe till 11.30am Winterton North Dunes just east of totem pole then flew off +no sign since
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Salthouse Heath still 1.06pm viewed from The Hangs
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls west of Weeting still at Weeting Heath NWT IP26 4NQ
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Salthouse Heath viewed from The Hangs at 12.38pm
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 Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Great White Egret still). Reserve closes at 3.30pm today
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Morston Quay by boats at south end late morning
Norfolk 7.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap by roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT still from Bittern Hide at 11.35am
Norfolk Hoopoe still 11.20am Winterton North Dunes just south of totem pole
Norfolk White Stork Hickling Broad NWT over Rush Hill Scrape at 11.15am then flew towards Potter Heigham (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT from Reedbed Hide. Reserve closes at 3.30pm today
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk Hoopoe still mid morning Winterton South Dunes below Hermanus Restaurant tho mobile
Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in sallows at south end at 8.40am +showing well
Norfolk Hoopoe Winterton Dunes in South Valley tho mobile