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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.

Friday 1st May 2015

A Cuckoo was calling early on, and 4 Whimbrel, 6 Swallows, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 7 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 10 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Whinchats, and 6 Wheatears were recorded. A female Ring Ouzel was at Gore Point.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh till 17:55 then flew N/ PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 8 Dotterel NE/of Choseley Drying Barns at 18:05 in 1st N/of drying barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Possible Ringtail Montagu's Harrier or Pallid Harrier between Cley & Salthouse in ploughed field at 16:45 then flew inland
> Norfolk Dotterel Blakeney Freshmarsh at 16:30. From Blakeney walk N/along sea wall for 3/4ml then E/for 500yds
> Norfolk 2 Common Crane over Strumpshaw Fen RSPB this mrng + Bittern NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard N/over Horsey at 10:18 NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard S/over Winterton North Dunes at 09:58 NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Male Ring Ouzel Felbrigg Hall NT 16:00 at water meadow NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Adult Summer Black-necked Grebe Tottenhill GPs at 14:00
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Holme Dunes NNR + Ring Ouzel & Whinchat
> Norfolk 3 Spotted Redshank Burgh Castle TG476049
> Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail Winterton-on-Sea on playing field
> Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk 5 Ring Ouzel Holt on Holt Lowes at 09:40 NR25 6SP TG082375
> Norfolk Adult Little Gull Breydon Water + 2 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048