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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 16th December 2019

Another day full of Pink-feet with over 3,500 on the marshes. On the sea a drake Eider, drake Long-tailed Duck, 397 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 20 Red-breasted Mergansers, 9 Red-throated Divers, and 8 Great Crested Grebes were seen. A Short-eared Owl and a Swallow were reported in Thornham Harbour together with 12 Twite.

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Norfolk 86.Snow Buntings recently Cley NWT
Norfolk 16.Snow Buntings between Waxham Sands +Horsey Gap on beach +2+Common Cranes
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham on beach between museum +tank this a'noon
Norfolk Swallow Thornham flew east over Staithe Lane at 12.47pm
Norfolk 3+Tundra Bean Geese 1/2ml east of Ringstead in field by Docking Road at 1.40pm with 3,000.Pink-footeed Geese (+Russian White-fronted Goose) TF.719.398
Norfolk c20.Twite NE of Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 12.12pm
Norfolk 5.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end viewed from A149 at 12.19pm
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+70+Snow Buntings still. Red-necked Grebe on sea +2.Long-tailed Ducks 4.Velvet Scoters. 2.Bewick's Swans flew over Lady Anne's Drive) TF.896.458Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in ploughed field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford still at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 10.Common Cranes Acle
Norfolk 5.Tundra Bean Geese Horsey in field with 1,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 15.Bewick's Swans Catfield this morning
Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still along beach
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Breydon Water at west end
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still. 4.Common Cranes flew over visitor centre
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn late morning
Norfolk Water Pipit Buckenham Marshes RSPB early morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe. 2.Spotted Redshanks on Tidal Pool
Norfolk 50.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at east end of roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 12+Twite Thornham Harbour +Short-eared Owl