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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 22nd October 2019

A quieter day than yesterday but still signs of migration with a Woodcock watched coming in off the sea and a Waxwing west over the East Bank. Five Snow Buntings and a single Lapland Bunting were seen at the Golf course end of the reserve. On the sea there were three Goldeneye and a single Eider and at least two Twite and a Spotted Redshank were at Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Little Auk Cley on sea north of North Scrape mid a'noon then flew west
Norfolk Vagrant Emperor dragonfly 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills
Norfolk Hooded Crow Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Little Auk Cley flew west past beach car park at c2.15pm [2nd bird]
Norfolk Little Auk Cley flew west along shingle ridge over boats mid a'noon
Norfolk Osprey Earsham flew south over wetlands centre at midday
Norfolk Waxwing 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens 300yds west of north end of Garden Drove
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB flew in off sea
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at south end of Walsey Hills NOA this morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods SE of The Dell still 12.30pm
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Cley
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male still 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills in sycamores at SW end (+Ring Ouzel 2.Y-br.Wblrs male.Hen Harrier) TF.923.455
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still by Island Hide
Norfolk 2+Twite Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk Snow Bunting Winterton Dunes
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton South Dunes in oaks
Norfolk Little Auk y'day flew NW past Mundesley 7.15am-3.15pm (+Sooty S'water 36.Little Gulls 4.Velvet Scoters)