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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.

Thursday 3rd September 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Caspian Gull Cley NWT on Pat's Pool this evng. + 4 AD Yellow-legged Gull, 1w Yellow-legged Gull & 3w Yellow-legged Gull NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh on pool W/Joe Jordan Hide at 11:15.
> Norfolk Juvenile Barred Warbler Warham Greens 14:00 at W/end of Warham Pit NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Salthouse on pools N/of A149 at 14:00 NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Skua E/past Cley Beach c/pk at 09:40 + Probable Balearic Shearwater W/at 09:935 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Juvenile Long-tailed Skua off Sheringham between 05:55 & 09:20 + Balearic Shearwater & 6 Scaup NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 3 Pomarine Skua E/past Cley Beach c/pk at 09:17 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Balearic Shearwater flew past Walcott NR12 0LZ TG359329
> Norfolk 2 Short-eared Owl King's Lynn 11:00 at Lynn Point over river & saltmarsh at high tide PE30 2QA TF631204
> Norfolk Balearic Shearwater W/past Weybourne at 09:43 NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk 2 Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water at E/end NR31 9QB TG464048