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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.

Wednesday 16th September 2015

An Osprey was again seen in Thornham Harbour, and a major movement of wildfowl included 350 Teal, 70 Gadwall, 23 Pochard, and 10+ Brent Geese. On the sea 3 Fulmars, 152 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, and 33 Sandwich Terns were recorded. A Common Sandpiper and a Greenshank were passing over, together with 4 Spoonbills. 80 Swallows and 30 House Martins also moved through during the day, and 3 Cetti's Warblers were in the recording area. A Lesser Whitethroat and a Reed Warbler were caught during the days ringing.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 4 Spoonbill over Holme NOA TF717450
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Kelling Water Meadows at 15:25 in NE/corner but elusive NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk 8 Spoonbill Warham Greens minimum on saltmarsh off Garden Drove + Redstart NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 24 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk 7 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB at 10:30 on the freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Balearic Shearwater E/past Sheringham this a/noon. NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on the freshmarsh. + Curlew Sandpiper, 17 Spotted Redshank & Black Tern PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Osprey Titchwell RSPB at 15:00 on post W/of main f/path. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Juvenile Whinchat Nunnery Lakes at 13:15 IP24 2YW TL873822
> Norfolk Balearic Shearwater W/past Cley next the Sea at 11:28 + JUV Black Tern & 4 Arctic Tern NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Osprey Thornham Point at fishing harbour viewable from Point.
> Norfolk Osprey Reported Lyng at Elsing.
> Norfolk Osprey Ranworth Broad NWT at 12.05. NR13 6HS TG358151
> Norfolk Osprey flew/S. Titchwell RSPB towards Choseley Drying Barns at 10:19. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Osprey Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 5 Redstart Burnham Overy Dunes at 12.00 noon.
> Norfolk Redstart Warham Greens at E/end of Garden Drove. NR23 1QD TF943437