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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 26th December 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 13:12 E/of B1153 off Abbey Road at Abbey Farm PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 11:00 E/of B1153 off Abbey Road at Abbey Farm + Hen Harrier PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 08:40 in field from hide east of B1153 off Abbey Road at Abbey Farm PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Holkham along A149 100m E/of B1155 junction at 15:00 TF884451
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Pines at W/end NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley Marshes NWT at 13:40 in Eye field + 800 Dark-bellied Brent Goose & 3 Pale-bellied Brent Goose NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Cattle Egret Sea Palling n field with white cattle by Hickling Road opposite Lound Cottage this afternoon NR12 0UX TG432271
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Brancaster at 13:00 over pines w/of B1153 opposite Field House Farm track PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Holkham W of Lady Anne's Drive early a/noon. TF884451
> Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull King's Lynn at Fisher Fleet at 10:10 PE30 2QA TF631204
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns S/of Barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 4 Hen Harrier Warham Greens in roost this evng NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 25 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes on the beach + Ringtail Hen Harrier on Collis Lane NR29 4BQ TG496198