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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 27th February 2016

Six Crossbills in the car parks area were the highlight.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT at 17:00 on Lady Fen PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT N/over Arnold's Marsh at 16:00 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk White Stork Welney WWT late a/noon from visitor centre PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk White Stork Welney WWT mid a/noon from visitor centre showing well PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike NE/of Santon Downham at Santon Warren mid a/noon in clearfell by Field Barn IP27 0TS TL833873
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at W/end mid a/noon NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk White Stork Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Choseley Drying Barns at 13:30 by puddle on path E/of barns 300yds from parking area PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island late mrng viewed from mound in Waveney Forest TG457011
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Burnham Overy Marshes TF849441
> Norfolk 7 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves W/of entrance track TL815900
> Norfolk Black-throated Diver off Burnham Overy this mrng PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Hickling Broad NWT 16:45 at Stubbs Mill NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 3 Hen Harrier (1 Male + 2 Ringtail) Warham Greens in roost this evng NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Firecrest Hickling Broad NWT by c/pk NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 11 Snow Bunting Cley NWT on shingle E/of N/end of East Bank early a/noon NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe off Titchwell RSPB at midday PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Filby Broad at W/end NR29 3HH TG461136
> Norfolk 2 Spotted Redshank Burgh Castle TG476049