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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 Monday 4th November 2019

On the sea today a Long-tailed Duck, 5 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 16 Gannets, 5 Great Crested Grebes and a Guillemot were seen. A Woodcock was in the dunes first light, and at least 3 Water Rails were around the Broadwater. A female Merlin was hunting, and 2 Cetti's Warblers were heard, with a Blackcap around the Obs and 23 Blackbirds, 45 Fieldfares, 2 Song Thrushes, 20 Redwings and a Mistle Thrush all counted. Six Rock Pipits, 2 Bramblings, and a Bullfinch were also of note, 6 Twite were in Thornham Harbour and a Water Pipit was trapped and ringed.

Water Pipit in the hand, images by Ian Starke

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 3w Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape mid a'noon
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) West Runton still in weedy beet field by Beach Road
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Kelling Hard offshore mid a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Upton Marshes NWT mid morning then flew east
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes flew over Upton Marshes NWT at 2pm
Norfolk Black Brant Stiffkey from car park with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Burnham Overy at 11.30am (Slav Grebe on sea +Short-eared Owl flew in off sea)
Norfolk Puffin juv Cley still 1.45pm near beach car park on sea off wreck
Norfolk Puffin juv Cley on sea
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Cley NWT still 1.10pm near visitor centre on roof of 2nd house west of CleySpy
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks (both drks) Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk probable Humpback Whale still 12.35pm Cley west of beach car park tho distant
Norfolk 6.Twite Thornham Harbour this morning
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy still this morning
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide +Great White Egret. 2.Short-eared Owls Lady Fen. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk 5+Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still from A149 layby +2+Great White Egrets
Norfolk probable Humpback Whale Cley this morning
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Salthouse off Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Old Hunstanton on beach by dunes 300yds from RNLI building at 11.30am +showing well
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley NWT near visitor centre at CleySpy
Norfolk Little Auk reported Cley