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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 28th August 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Possible Juvenile Baltic Gull Cley NWT this evng. + AD Caspian Gull NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Lesser Grey Shrike Cromer midday then flew SW/ NR27 9HE TG219423
> Norfolk 1st Summer Caspian Gull Cley NWT on Pat's Pool NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Marsh Warbler Reported Snettisham RSPB briefly singing from Brambles. TF650328
> Norfolk Red-backed Shrike Kelling Water Meadows late a/noon + Wood Sandpiper NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Kelling Water Meadows at 12:45 NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk 2 Wryneck Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Kelling Water Meadows NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk 10 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB at 07:30 on freshmarsh + Wood Sandpiper on Patdy's Pool PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Blakeney Freshmarsh
> Norfolk 9 Whinchat Weybourne NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Curlew Sandpiper Kelling Water Meadows + 2 Wood Sandpiper NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Arctic Tern Breydon Water NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Gramborough Hill flew/E NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Kelling Water Meadows NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Osprey 0ver Strumpshaw Fen RSPB NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Osprey W/over Burnham Overy Dunes at 10:50
> Norfolk 2 Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 6 Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh + 15 Little Stint PE31 8BB TF759436