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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 15th February 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk No Sign of Juvenile Male Pallid Harrier Roydon Common NNR by 17:30 PE32 1AT TF680229
> Norfolk Adult Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park opposite nature stop 2 at 14:46 + 2 1w Drake Scaup NR23 1RN
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh by junction in paths early a/noon + 2 Twite
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy Staithe at Gun Hill
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Brancaster Staithe at 12:02 SW/of Sunderland Farm then flew/WNW TF792410
> Norfolk No Sign of Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves this mrng TL815900
> Norfolk Cattle Egret Burgh St.Peter N/of River Waveney in cattle field S/of Eastend Farm by track at 10:00. Park at Boon's Heath & walk/S NR34 0BF TM469918
> Norfolk Adult Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park on lake opposite information board 8 late mrng NR23 1RN
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns at 08:25 N/of Barns briefly PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 2 Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB at 17:25 + Bittern PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Horsey NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier Warham Greens NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on grazing marsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 40 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes + Short-eared Owl NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe at 17:05 in main channel PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Bittern Strumpshaw Fen RSPB this a/noon NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Shag past Sheringham this mrng NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Staithe at Gun Hill
> Norfolk 37 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes on the beach this a/noon then flew/N NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Firecrest Beeston Common in SW/corner near path by houses NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk 2 Purple Sandpiper Sheringham opposite seawtaching shelter NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Puffin Sheringham on the sea early mrng NR26 8BQ TG159435