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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 1st February 2016

A very windy day here at the obs which resulted unsurprisingly in most birds appearing to keep their heads down ! Around 400 Teal and 200 Wigeon remained on the Broadwater, with c300  Brent Geese and c300 Pink-feet on the grazing Marsh.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Roydon Common NNR + 5 Ringtail Hen Harrier PE32 1AT TF680229
> Norfolk Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park at 15:15 NR23 1QE TF950455
> Norfolk Drake Ferruginous Duck Holkham at 13:52 + 2 Scaup NR23 1RJ TF892458
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy Staithe on beach at midday TF848457
> Norfolk Great White Egret Nar Valley Fisheries at midday
> Norfolk Drake Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park at 11:40 on lake + Drake Scaup NR23 1QE TF950455
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh W/of B1155 junction at 10:15 NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves W/of entrance track but distant TL815900