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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.

Monday 11th January 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 10:20 E/of B1153 off Abbey Road at Abbey Farm PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB E/over the visitor centre at 14:40 + 2 Water Pipit on grazing meadow & Slavonian Grebe PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 10 Tundra Bean Goose Langham
> Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Great Yarmouth 14:14 at Waterways NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh at 14:30, walk through NT gate on bend in sea wall and view base of fence after 80m
> Norfolk No Sign of Cattle Egret Request For Information Pentney GPs by late mrng
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 11:25 from Joe Jordan Hide + AD Med Gull top of Lady Anne's Drive this mrng NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Stiffkey on saltmarsh north of sea wall NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk 10 Whooper Swan Ludham Airfield at 14:30 + 100 Bewick's Swan
> Norfolk Black-throated Diver Barton Broad at 14:30 NR12 8AZ TG357222
> Norfolk Adult White-fronted Goose Snettisham RSPB on southern pit TF650328
> Norfolk 5 Adult Little Gull past Hopton-on-Sea + Bonxie NR31 9SE TM535997
> Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle at 09:10 PE35 6EJ TF672278
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 37 Snow Bunting Winterton Dunes NNR at 13:30 on the beach opposite "40" sign NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Firecrest Beeston Common NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley NWT by East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Morston NR25 7DJ TG011444