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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 19th October 2019

On the sea today 40 Common Scoters, 2 Red-throated Divers, 24 Gannets, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Puffins, 24 Guillemots, 2 Kittiwakes, and 20 Little Gulls were notable, while around the reserves 2 Red Kites, a Water Rail, a Greenshank, 10 Snipe and 7 Jays were counted. At the Observatory 4+ Cettis Warblers, a Blackcap, a Grey Wagtail, 9 Rock Pipits (1 ringed), 30 Siskins and 35 Reed Buntings were counted, a Chiffchaff was near the village hides and 5 Stonechats were in the dunes. On the grazing marsh 40+ Canada Geese and 5 Barnacles were counted.

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Norfolk 8.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Snow Bunting Thornham at 1.10pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods in The Dell at 2.11pm tho mobile
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh from sea wall at 12.30pm
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore at 1pm
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still at north end of sea wall at 1pm +4.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Weybourne Camp still
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB west of path on grazing marsh at 12.15pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Black Redstart Sheringham at tank shelter on east prom at 10.10am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at 11.13am +Jack Snipe on lagoon
Norfolk 1+Little Gull Titchwell RSPB +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB again on mud at 9.10am on ebbing tide
Norfolk Shorelark Cley on beach between East Bank +North Scrape briefly 9.10am
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Brancaster Staithe still by toilet block at harbour at 9.05am
Norfolk 3.Black-throated Divers flew west past Cley
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at 8.20am
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Sheringham cemetery on east side at 8am