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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 8th September 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Subalpine Warbler Kelling Water Meadows by 12:05 at seaward end in brambles by track to Kelling Hard NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Great White Egret Reported Titchwell RSPB in reedbed + 2 Spoonbill on freshmarsh & Little Stint PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3rd Winter Caspian Gull Cley NWT this evng on Pat's Pool NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Spoonbill Salthouse on pool NW/of Dun Cow pub this evng NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Juvenile White-winged Black Tern Ormesby Broad late viewed from A149 at Rollesby Bridge but distant NR29 3LS TG463152
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Salthouse at 17:15 near The Dun Cow pub showing well NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 17:05 SW/of Joe Jordan Hide
> Norfolk 11 Spoonbill Burnham Norton on marsh this a/noon + 5 Whinchat PE31 8DS TF828441
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike 1ml ESE/of Waxham at 15:35 just S/of Pipe Dump NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Salthouse till 10;50 N/of A149 in field E/of Beach road then flew S/to ploughed field NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Langham flew to trees by road to Binham
> Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Cromer on beach just E/of pier NR27 9HE TG219423