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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 29th October 2019

Sea watching totals today included: One Long-tailed Duck, Four Little Auks, Four Little Gull, Six Goldeneye, 7 Red-throated Diver, 12 Red-breasted Merganser,  26 Eider , 29 Gannet and 126 Common Scoter.  Eleven Woodcock were noted throughout on the reserves and Long-tailed Tits again featured strongly with 29 ringed and one flock of seventy counted leaving the reserve heading East along the coast. Eight Twite were still present in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water at North Wall +Great White Egret
Norfolk Pom Skua ad pale morph Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon over beach (+Slav Grebe. Water Pipit from Parrinder Hide at 1.50pm)
Norfolk Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB flew to Thornham Marsh. Short-eared Owl flew in off sea
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew past Winterton-on-Sea this morning
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still 2.15pm Waxham in dunes north of Shangri-la chalet in ivy by dragon head
Norfolk no sign of Grey Phal Breydon Water at east end on river just west of bridge 1.30-2pm
Norfolk Black Guillemot Cley on sea at 1.55
Norfolk Twite Cley NWT at NE corner of Arnold's Marsh on shingle at 10.50am
Norfolk Black Redstart between Heacham +Hunstanton on seafront at 12.15pm
Norfolk 4.Little Auks flew west past Holme Dunes 7.45-9.45am
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Titchwell RSPB at 10.15am
Norfolk Pom Skua ad pale morph Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh then flew north
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Sheringham at 12.45pm
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still 1pm Waxham in dunes north of Shangri-la chalet in ivy by dragon head
Norfolk Grey Phal Breydon Water at east end on river just west of bridge
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Waxham north of Shangri-la chalet in trees on dune ridge at 12.24pm
Norfolk Little Auk Weybourne Camp on sea at 9.15am
Norfolk 2.Bean Goose sp Cley flew east over Beach Road/ A149 at 11.41am
Norfolk 2.Little Auks Mundesley flew NW past west end at 11.32am
Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings midway between Heacham South Beach +Snettisham Coastal Park on shingle
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings midway between Heacham South Beach +Snettisham Coastal Park on shingle
Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham Gap on rocks at groyne.17 at 10.50am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley on beach then flew off
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk 8.Little Auks flew past Cley by 10am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Snettisham RSPB at 9.28am
Norfolk Little Auk Snettisham Coastal Park on The Wash south of outflow at 9.20am
Norfolk Richard's Pipit 1ml ESE of Waxham just north of pipe dump at 9.15am then flew south
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley flew west over beach car park at 8.18am
Norfolk 2.Little Auks Cley at 8.28am: 1.on sea, 1.flew SW over beach car park
Norfolk Little Auk flew east past Titchwell RSPB