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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 Tuesday 10th September 2019

A quieter day than was hoped, with ringing totals at only 20 new birds, though a 1CY Kingfisher was a nice surprise. Some signs of migration early morning with Swallows and House Martins moving west along the dunes with two Swifts also noted. A Great White Egret was again out on the grazing marsh.

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Norfolk Spoonbill Holkham Freshmarsh still from Washington Hide at 3.16pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Washington Hide at 3.13pm
Norfolk Pied Fly Happisburgh at old Coastwatch in elder
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Breydon Water from pumphouse on South Wall
Norfolk Clifden Nonpareil moth Cley
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER still this a'noon Blakeney Point in Plantation (for 2nd day). Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER Blakeney Point in Plantation (+Whinchat). Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male still Sidestrand this morning
Norfolk Common Crane y'day still Welney WWT
Norfolk 28.Common Cranes y'day still Welney WWT
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk probable Citrine Wagtail y'day Salthouse flew west over north end of Beach Road at dusk
Norfolk Pied Fly y'day Salthouse at Gramborough Hill late evng
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still in tree from hide at 7.30am tho distant
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Titchwell RSPB +Purple Sand