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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 30th December 2015

Three shorelarks were still present in the mouth of Thornham Harbour with two Velvet Scoter noted on the sea there as well. A Peregrine was hunting along the shoreline at Gore Point early morning.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 10:20 E/of B1153 off Abbey Road in field at Abbey Farm PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose (2 Adult + 2 Juvenile) Cley NWT on grazing marsh mid a/noon + AD Pale-bellied Brent Goose with Dark-bellied Brent Geese NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Cattle Egret SW/of Sea Palling by Hickilng Road in cattle field opposite Lound Cottage NR12 0UX TG419252
> Norfolk 2 Common Crane Stokesby 1/4ml W/of Martham junction at 10:30
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT at 12:15 just E/of beach c/pk with Dark-bellied Brent Geese showing well NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham Harbour 11:35 at seaward end of Staithe Lane on beach by harbour mouth TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose Kelling in sugar beet field Pink-footed Geese NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Holkham till 10:20 by A149 near junction with B1155 then flew off TF884451
> Norfolk 2 Hen Harrier Warham Greens in roost this evng NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 2 Velvet Scoter off Holme NOA TF717450