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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.

Tuesday 25th August 2015

Many of the migrants around yesterday had moved on, but on the seawatch 22 Wigeon, 1 Eider, 450 Common Scoters, 4 Gannets, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Terns, 32 Sandwich Terns, 56 Common Terns and an adult Arctic Tern were of note. A juvenile Hen Harrier was hunting the marsh briefly late morning and early afternoon, and 4 Yellow Wagtails flew over calling.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 9 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB + Short-eared Owl PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Icterine Warbler Snettisham Coastal Park by track 50yds from entrance by post box late mrng but elusive TF648335
> Norfolk Wood Warbler Winterton North Dunes at 10:00 N/of totem pole but elusive + 3 Pied Flycatcher & 2 Whinchat NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Wryneck between Weybourne Camp & Kelling Quags in brambles S/of coastal path at 08:45 NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk 2 Pied Flycatcher Wymondham in cemetery
> Norfolk 4 Little Stint Cley NWT on North Scrape at midday + 2 Wood Sandpiper NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 12 Little Stint Titchwell RSPB this a/noon + 3 JUV Curlew Sandpiper & Wood Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 8 Pied Flycatcher Great Yarmouth at the cemetery NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Gramborough Hill NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Little Stint Weybourne at 09:13 NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk 3 Pied Flycatcher Winterton South Dunes + 2 Redstart NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 10 Little Stint Titchwell RSPB + JUV Curlew Sandpiper & Whinchat PE31 8BB TF759436