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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 Monday 23rd September 2019

Migrants were still around today, the majority on the northern side of the pine belt near the NWT centre. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in the NWT car park and 20 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcaps, 2+ Garden Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, a Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warblers, a Redwing, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Pied Flycatchers, 2+ Redstarts and 3+ Whinchats were recorded. Also of interest were a Grey Wagtail, 6 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, 14 Snipe, Barn Owl, Kingfisher, Hobby, 3 Swallows and 2 Cetti's Warblers.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton Dunes NNR this morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley + just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA by lower path from car park
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still mid a'noon +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 19.Common Cranes Waxham at Brograve Levels viewed from dunes near Shangri-la Chalet tho distant
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey in field 1/2ml south of Horsey Mill
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Weybourne
Norfolk Osprey flew SW over Costessey
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still midday on mud
Norfolk Pied Fly Waxham +4.Whinchats
Norfolk Great White Egret Salthouse by duck pond this a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB by concrete area beyond Fen Hide at 11.40am tho elusive
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide. Jack Snipe from Fen Hide
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB at Tank Road tho elusive
Norfolk Black Redstart Salthouse at Salthouse Store at 11.10am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme NWT car park at 11.30am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting NE of Salthouse +200yds east of Gramborough Hill on shingle ridge at 11.25am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods 100yds beyond lefthand fork from car park at 11.27am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 10.42am. Spotted Redshank Simmonds' Scrape still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Heacham just north of seaward end of South Beach Road in trees by ditch at 9.55am
Norfolk Pom Skua y'day between Horsey Gap +Waxham Sands
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still in cattle field west of path to dunes +showing well
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Thornham Marshes
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Thornham by main road in garden opposite Orange Tree [heard only]
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day north of Burnham Overy on marsh at 4.25pm