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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 18th September 2015

An Osprey was present in Thornham Harbour again today. On the sea today 500 Common Scoters, 2 Red-throated Divers, 33 Gannets, 10 Sandwich Terns and 2 Great Crested Grebes were of note, together with a Greenshank over calling, and on the NWT at the forestry 40+ Blackcaps were in the scrub and over 100 Siskins flew over calling. Also of note were 2 Grey Wagtails and 2 Redpolls flying over.
Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Salthouse 16:40 1/4ml E/of N/end of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill + Redstart NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Adult Female Rough-legged Buzzard 1/2 S/of Walsey Hills NOA flew SE/ at 15:10 NR25 7SA TG062439
> Norfolk Pomarine Skua off Titchwell RSPB early mrng + Red-necked Grebe, 6 Spoonbill on freshmarsh, 3 Curlew Sandpiper & 10 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh mid a/noon from Joe Jordan Hide
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard E/over Blickling at 12:15
> Norfolk Wryneck Welney WWT by visitor centre at 12:20 PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk 2 Honey Buzzard SE/over Salthouse NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Blakeney Point at 10:00 in Lupins NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh early mrng PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Osprey NE/of Dereham at Elsing at Three Bridges Farm late a/noon in tree NR20 3EQ
> Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton South Dunes briefly below flagpole NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Tibenham by junction of Black Barn Road & The Street
> Norfolk Osprey Thornham Harbour at 11:00 PE36 6NL TF728440
> Norfolk Osprey SW/over Weybourne NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Juvenile Black Tern Holkham Park Lake at 09:55
> Norfolk Osprey Thornham Harbour on post at 08:05 PE36 6NL TF728440
> Norfolk Redstart Winterton South Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198