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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.

Saturday 16th May 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Great White Egret Hockwold Washes at 20:00
> Norfolk Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB at 17:00 on freshmarsh + 2 Little Stint & 5 Little Gull PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 18:30 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Blakeney Freshmarsh at 17:50
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard SE/of Norwich NW/over Framingham Earl at 16:15
> Norfolk 22 Dotterel 1.5mls S/of Titchwell NE/of Choseley Drying Barns at 15:40 in field. From barns walk E/along path to view N/ PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Spoonbill Holme Dunes NNR in channel
> Norfolk Bee-eater Breydon Water flew W/along South Wall at 11:55, heard only NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on S/side of North Scrape at 12:45 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Spoonbill over Breydon Water + Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank & White Stork (escaped) NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide at 09:25 showing well PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Immature Iceland Gull SW/over Titchwell RSPB + Short-eared Owl PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Drake Garganey Welney WWT from main obsvertory PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT at 15:30 E/of East Bank on The Serpentine NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 1st Summer Little Gull Breydon Water at the E/end this mrng + Drake Garganey NR31 9QB TG464048