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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 9th November 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Black Brant Cley NWT in field by West Bank late mrng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2nd Winter Caspian Gull Overstrand on beach + House Martin NR27 0PF TG246410
> Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Titchwell RSPB S/of Parrinder Hide mid mrng PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Cromer on beach near pier then flew/E. NR27 9HE TG219423
> Norfolk Humpback Whale Hemsby at 07:20 offshore but distant NR29 4JG TG506172
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore + Black-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, 4 Spotted Redshank & 2 Water Pipit PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 4 Bewick's Swan W/past Sheringham at 08:45 NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 6 Bewick's Swan Aylsham in field just/E of the A140 on N/side of B1354 TG192269
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Hen Harrier W/over Titchwell RSPB at 13:15 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 12 Bewick's Swan Cley NWT at 12:31 on Simmonds' Scrape NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT from Babcock Hide at 11:55 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 4 Bewick's Swan Cley Marshes NWT on Pat's Pool briefly + Red-necked Grebe past on the sea, Velvet Scoter, Bonxie & 2 Merlin NR25 7SA TG049441