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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 Sunday 1st March 2020

On the sea today a Gannet flew past east, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers were offshore and 4 Fulmars passed west, with 3 Snow Buntings on the beach near Gore Point. A Barn Owl was hunting near Holme village. Waders on the grazing marshes included 400+ Golden Plover, 160 Curlew and 27 Black-tailed Godwits. At least 5 Stonechats were in the dunes.

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Norfolk 60.Snow Buntings Holkham still 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still mid a'noon 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove in hedge west of Raven's Farm junction tho distant TF.673.049
Norfolk Spoonbill ad Cley NWT this morning
Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham still by east promenade on rocks in front of beach hut no.30
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk again Breydon Water off South Wall at pumping station briefly
Norfolk Great White Egret Filby Broad from viewing platform at c11.30am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Heigham Holmes from Martham Staithe at 1.40pm
Norfolk 72.Russian White-fronted Geese 1.5mls SSE of Runham +south of A47 near Britannia Farm
Norfolk 3.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +2.Common Cranes flew over
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm in ploughed field at 1.03pm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 12.18pm TF.896.458
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 10.16am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove in hedge west of Raven's Farm junction at 10.14am tho distant TF.673.049
Norfolk 8.Twite Thornham Harbour still on coal barn at 7.36am