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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.

Sunday 14th June 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler 18:35 Blakeney Point 100yds N/of Halfway House in sueada at edge of beach. Keep away from roped off areas & away from nearby Oystercatcher nest. Park at Cley beach c/pk & walk west NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk White-rumped Sandpiper 18:15 Cley NWT on north scrape NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Paddyfield Warbler 17:50 Blakeney Point SW/of blue roped-off area. Keep away from roped off areas. Park at Cley beach c/pk & walk west NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Adult Laughing Gull Blakeney Point flew W/past Long Hills 16:20 NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Paddyfield Warbler 10:45 Blakeney Point just past The Hood showing well on+off. Park at Cley beach c/pk & walk west NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Bee-eater Southrepps on power lines 11:00-11:30 then flew south
> Norfolk Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen 15:00 NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Marsh Warbler 13:10 Narborough off Main Road by Nar Valley Way 400yds N/of The Ship Inn PE32 1TE
> Norfolk Red-necked Phalarope Welney WWT from Lyle Hide PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Salthouse NW/of Dun Cow pub NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk No Sign of Red-backed Shrike Walsey Hills NOA
> Norfolk Black Redstart Chedgrave by RSPB office
> Norfolk 3 Quail Welney WWT from main obs, Friends Hide & Reedbed Hide PE14 9TN TL548946