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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.

Saturday 13th February 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Male Pallid Harrier Roydon Common NNR at 15:50 PE32 1AT TF680229
> Norfolk Juvenile Male Pallid Harrier Roydon Common NWT at 15:20
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water RSPB on North Flats to 08:25 at least NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 3 Caspian Gull Aldeby at the landfill late mrng NR34 0AW TM447936
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh mid a/noon + 240 Eurasian White-fronted Goose & Bittern NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard E/of Choseley Drying Barns at 13:40 flew/W over Chalkpit Lane PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves W/of entrance track at 13:00 TL815900
> Norfolk Cattle Egret Burgh St.Peter near Eastend Farm at 12:20 NR34 0BF TM469918
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Sculthorpe Moor at 11:50 towards Sculthorpe Mill NR21 9GN TF901303
> Norfolk 2 Shorelark Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Adult Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park late mrng opposite post 8 + 2 1w Drake Scaup NR23 1RN
> Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh at 09:50 beyond bend in sea wall + 5 Twite
> Norfolk Adult Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park at 08:00 opposite post 8. NR23 1RN
> Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier Warham Greens in the roost NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 2 Hen Harrier Warham Greens mid a/noon NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 2 Great Northern Diver Blakeney Harbour mid a/noon TG028441
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe in channel at 10:50 showing well PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk 4 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum at 08:00 near feeders IP26 5HW TL822943