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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 6th November 2019

A calling Waxwing briefly in the Pines at the back of the Obs was arguably the best bird of the day, with other noteworthy being species 41 Eider and single Great Skua and Slavonian Grebe on the sea.

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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. 2.Short-eared Owls Lady Fen. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew past Sheringham (+2.Velvet Scoters)
Norfolk Richard's Pipit flew west over West Runton early a'noon (+Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) still)
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Waxham in dunes then flew NW
Norfolk 7.Twite Scolt Head Isand +Redstart
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cley at 11.30am
Norfolk 2.Siberian Chiffchaffs Wells Woods just west of 6.pines at midday
Norfolk no sign of Hoopoe Bradwell by Lord's Lane in horse paddock at Cley Road/ Doles Lane junction by late morning
Norfolk 26.Snow Buntings Salthouse at 9.49am +Hen Harrier +Short-eared Owl flew west
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew west past Weybourne +2.Velvet Scoters flew west
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy Marshes
Norfolk Hawfinch Holkham flew west over The Dell
Norfolk Pom Skua flew past Sheringham by 10.01am (+Long-tailed Duck 2.Short-eared Owls)
Norfolk 3.Little Auks flew past Titchwell RSPB (+Snow Bunting flew over)
Norfolk Waxwing flew west over Holme NOA
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck juv Cley NWT still on brackish pool west of East Bank
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck juv y'day Cley NWT still on pool west of East Bank