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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.

Monday 21st September 2015

A blustery day meant ringing activities were limited though a speculative few hours using lures and our small walk in traps resulted in eleven Meadow Pipits being caught and ringed. On the Broadwater a Little Ringed Plover was present and a Canary-shouldered Thorn brightened up the moth trap

A ringed Meadow Pipit showing the impressively long hind claw characteristic of this species -
 Holme Bird Obs, 21st September 2015

Canary-shouldered Thorn - Holme Bird Obs, 21st September 2015

Norfolk News form Birdnet
> Norfolk 1st Winter Female Desert Wheatear Cley NWT between 09:10 - 09:20 E/of Beach c/park then flew to weedy area & no further sign by 11:30. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Osprey Lyng at 15:30 from Three Bridges Farm showing well. Do not enter farm.
> Norfolk Woodlark Beeston Bump at 07:30 on E/side NR26 8DB TG167432
> Norfolk Little Stint Breydon Water RSPB + 3 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Juvenile Black Tern Holkham Park at S/end of the Lake this mrng NR23 1QE TF950455