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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.

Tuesday 8th December 2015

The three Shorelarks were again present in Thornham Harbour, with a flock of five Snow Buntings nearby mid afternoon. Up to six Marsh Harriers were present over the grazing Marsh with a Barn Owl also visible early morning.

One of  three Shorelarks present in Thornham Harbour mouth - Holme Bird Obs, December 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB at 15:00 over saltmarsh at S/end TF650328
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham Harbour 14:45 at seaward end of Staithe Lane on beach W/of harbour mouth + 5 Snow Bunting TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls S/of Titchwell S/of Choseley Drying Barns at 10:30 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull NNW/of King's Lynn at 15:00 just E/of River Great Ouse by Cross Bank Road at Fisher Fleet showing well PE30 2QA TF631204
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB late a/noon + Short-eared Owl PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh + 2 Velvet Scoter, AD Yellow-legged Gull & 4 Red-crested Pochard (2 Male + 2 Female) PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes + 4 Snow Bunting NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe at midday PE31 8BJ TF794442