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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 5th November 2019

With a brisk Northerly wind attention today was largely focused on the sea, with sea watching producing counts of  261 Kittiwakes, 196 Gannets, 160 Common Scoter, 20 Goldeneye, 14 Bonxies, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Little Gull, 3 Pomarine and two Arctic Skuas. A Water Pipit was in the Paddock pool adjacent to the entrance track early morning.

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Norfolk 2.Puffins flew past Sheringham this morning +18.Little Gulls
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Winterton Dunes +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still 3.30pm
Norfolk Hoopoe Bradwell still 4.13pm by Lord's Lane in horse paddock at Cley Road/ Doles Lane junction
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB till 10.30am 50yds from visitor centre in willow by West Bank path then flew off
Norfolk Hoopoe Bradwell by Lord's Lane near Cley Road junction at 3.44pm
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Heacham off North Beach mid a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide +Great White Egret still +2.Short-eared Owls. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Snow Bunting flew north over Heacham mid morning
Norfolk Pom Skua 1.5mls NNE of Wells flew past East Hills (+Sooty S'water flew east)
Norfolk 27.Pom Skuas Cley flew past beach car park 10am-2pm +5.Little Auks flew past (+3.Velvet Scoters Great Northern Diver flew past)
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB 50yds from visitor centre in willows by West Bank path
Norfolk probably hybrid Hooded Crow x Carrion Crow Horsey at north end of Nelson Head Track at 8.50am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Stiffkey from car park mid a'noon
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Stiffkey flew west past car park this a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe flew east past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 12+Pom Skuas flew east past Sheringham +4+Little Auks (+Red-necked Grebe Velvet Scoter 2.Great Northern Divers)
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas flew past Titchwell RSPB (+3.Velvet Scoters)
Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham still on rocks at Waxham Gap +Puffin +5+Little Gulls flew south
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh still
Norfolk Pom Skua Cley flew past beach car park (+20.Little Gulls)
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits just east of Wells at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley NWT flew in off sea at 8.43am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Claxton Marshes
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Warham Greens flew over Warham Pit
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets y'day Burnham Overy Marshes still