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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.

Saturday 12th December 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB at midday opposite Shore Hide showing well TF650328
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB opposite Shore Hide showing well at 11:00 TF650328
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water at 11:05 near hide then flew/N with Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Ten Mile Bank at 11:30 between here & Welney
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Salthouse opposite Dun Cow Pub + 500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose & Pale-bellied Brent Goose NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Cattle Egret Sea Palling at 12:40 in field with cattle at TG417262 opposite Lound Cottages NR12 0UX TG432271
> Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull NNW/of King's Lynn at 10:47 just E/of River Great Ouse by Cross Bank Road at Fisher Fleet showing well PE30 2QA TF631204
> Norfolk 6 Common Crane Hickling Broad NWT at Eastgate Road + 5 Common Crane at Oby Marshes NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham Harbour on beach at harbour mouth TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns at 08:30 in first field S/of Barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Hickling Broad NWT at 11:10 behind Stubb Mill NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 4 Hen Harrier Warham Greens in roost NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster at 11:05 in the harbour PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk 2 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB + 5 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 12 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster in the harbour + Twite PE31 8AW TF772438