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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.

Friday 19th February 2016

Norfolk News from  Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Male Pallid Harrier 4mls ENE of King's Lynn at Roydon Common NNR at 16:38 from viewpoint PE32 1AT TF680229
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water this a/noon at Burgh Castle NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water at Burgh Castle NR31 9QB TG464048 
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves early a/noon TL815900
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy Dunes at 15:10 just NW/of Gun Hill PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 14:00 between Washington Hide & Joe Jordan Hide NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk 9 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh this a/noon + 7 Twite from c/pk walk 600yds to view beyond gate
> Norfolk Adult Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park on lake + Female Red-crested Pochard & Drake Scaup NR23 1RN
> Norfolk 4 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh but mobile
> Norfolk Cattle Egret 1ml S/of Burgh St.Peter just N/of river Waveney in cattle field by track to Eastend Farm this a/noon. Park at Boon's Heath & walk S/to view NR34 0BF TM469918
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy Dunes 09:10 on beach near Gun Hill PE31 8JJ TF879455