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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 Wednesday 30th October 2019

Sea watching today produced a single Little auk and Long-tailed Duck, two Goldeneye, four Velvet Scoters and 17 Eider with a Woodcock also watched arriving in over the sea. A Great White Egret was on the grazing Marsh along with two White-fronted Geese and Water Pipit was ringed mid-morning.

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Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham Gap still on rocks opposite campsite. Short-eared Owl flew in off sea at 10.53am
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT on main lagoon this a'noon
Norfolk Black Redstart Holkham at Lookout this morning
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN Titchwell RSPB at Patsy's Reedbed in flight from screen at 2pm but no further sign by 3.45pm
Norfolk dead Little Auk Titchwell RSPB on beach
Norfolk Grey Phal y’day flew west past Cley NWT +15+Little Auks (+6.Long-tailed Ducks. 3.Twite on shingle at NE end of Arnold’s Marsh)
Norfolk Black Redstart Wiveton briefly on road then flew south
Norfolk repeat: LITTLE BITTERN Titchwell RSPB over Patsy’s Reedbed in flight from screen
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still c1.45pm Waxham in dunes north of Shangri-la chalet in ivy by dragon head tho elusive
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN Titchwell RSPB over Patsy’s Reedbed in flight from screen
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 Little Auk flew west past Cley NWT 7.45-10.15am
Norfolk 7.Twite Thornham Harbour still this morning
Norfolk 5+Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with cattle
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Island Hide
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham at north end of Lady Anne's Drive in evergreen oaks by Lookout Cafe at c11.40am
Norfolk 6.Little Auks flew past Waxham
Norfolk Little Stint Welney WWT again. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in south section
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Salthouse at 10.16am (14.Snow Buntings Little Eye)
Norfolk Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB still flew east along beach late morning
Norfolk Pom Skua flew north past Caister-on-Sea at 11.05am
Norfolk Hawfinch flew over Bawsey sand pits
Norfolk c30.Snow Buntings Blakeney Point on beach at 10.56am
Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham still opposite north end of Waxham Sands Caravan Park on rocks at 10.40am
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still Waxham in dunes north of Shangri-la chalet in ivy by dragon head at 10am
Norfolk Water Pipit just east of Wells still at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 9.30am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Salthouse flew west over Beach Road at 7.25am +Black-throated Diver flew past
Norfolk Long-eared Owl 1ml east of Cley just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Woodlark 1ml east of Cley just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk 3.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water flew high north over east end
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Cley NWT offshore +Black-throated Diver ad.Little Gull
Norfolk Grey Phal Breydon Water still at east end in main drain briefly then flew towards flats
Norfolk 10.Little Auks y'day flew past Cromer 6.25-10.40am (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose 5.Velvet Scoters Long-tailed Duck Short-eared Owl Puffin)
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore +4.Long-tailed Ducks. Spotted Redshank Thornham Pool
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard y'day Blakeney Harbour flew in off sea at 10.43am