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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 9th December 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Probable 3 Penduline Tit Titchwell RSPB in reedbed left of Meon Shore Hide at 13:00 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB SW/of shore hide at 13:40 showing well TF650328
> Norfolk Male Pallid Harrier Egmere S/over fields at Waterden Lane towards Fakenham at 12:05 TH905375
> Norfolk 2 Red-breasted Goose Berney Marshes RSPB at 09:25 with Pink-footed Geese then flew W/ NR30 1SB TG460053
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Reported Burnham Overy PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk 3 Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls S/of Titchwell c1ml SE/of Choseley Drying Barns at 13:48 over wood viewed from minor road PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham Harbour 09:20 at seaward end of Staithe Lane on beach W/of harbour mouth TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Thornham Point over dunes at 09:45
> Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull NNW/of King's Lynn just E/of River Great Ouse by Cross Bank Road at Fisher Fleet showing well PE30 2QA TF631204
> Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier (2 Male + 3 Ringtail) Warham Greens in roost this evng NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 5 Short-eared Owl Waveney Forest from mound + Male Hen Harrier
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe S/past Hopton-on-Sea late mrng NR31 9SE TM535997
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB at 13:30 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Harbour PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk 2 Velvet Scoter off Titchwell RSPB + Yellow-legged Gull PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 20 Twite Thornham Harbour at 11:45 TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk 8 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198