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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 30th March 2020

A little less windy today but still with a stiff north breeze and a few showers also moving through fairly rapidly. The grazing marshes remained busy with wildfowl, over 100 Teal being counted today together with 300+ Wigeon and 200+ Brent Geese. Over 600 Starlings were also feeding there. Two Common Buzzards were in the dunes in the morning. A flock of 15 Linnets on the east bank contained the largely albino bird seen over the winter in Thornham Harbour, looking very like a Snow Bunting but with a tell-tale pink flush on the breast feathers. A Cetti's Warbler was singing nearby and 2 adult Med Gulls, still in winter plumage, were calling over the Broadwater. A Tawny Owl was hooting in the village early morning and 7 Chiffchaffs and a male Blackcap were counted in the wider recording area, with a male Bullfinch also noted.

In the moth trap a Hebrew Character and an Early Grey were present.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still at Seamere Fen north of Deopham Road this morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Salthouse just east of Iron Road on marshes from A149 at 10am
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Upton Marshes NWT on east side of river
Norfolk Purple Heron ad Cley NWT in SW corner in ditch by A149 till 9.50am then flew west