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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.

Sunday 7th February 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Roydon Common NNR at 16:58 + 4 Hen Harrier PE32 1AT TF680229
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Roydon Common NNR at 16:27 PE32 1AT TF680229
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Roydon Common NNR at 16:09 PE32 1AT TF680229
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 12:50 at Abbey Farm PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk Juvenile Male Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 10:30 1/2ml E/of B1153 off Abbey Road over stubble field at Abbey Farm + Ringtail Hen Harrier PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Titchwell RSPB on the beach at midday then flew/W + Ringtail Hen Harrier PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk No Sign of Juvenile Iceland Gull King's Lynn + Male Hen Harrier Lynn Point PE30 2QA TF631204
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide + 100 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park at 14:40 on lake NR23 1RN
> Norfolk 3 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh late mrng by bend in sea wall by gate + 6 Twite
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Titchwell RSPB at 11:33 on beach PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Titchwell RSPB on the beach late mrng PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park mid mrng at S/end of lake + 2 1w Drake Scaup NR23 1RN
> Norfolk Great White Egret Bowthorpe Marsh mid mrng TG178080
> Norfolk Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park on main lake at 09:00 NR23 1RN
> Norfolk 2 Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard S/of Choseley Drying Barns W/of road at 09:00 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Stiffkey at 16:40 NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk 3 Hen Harrier Roydon Common NNR late a/noon PE32 1AT TF680229
> Norfolk Great Northern Diver Blakeney Harbour TG028441
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB this mrng + 21 Snow Bunting on the beach PE31 8BB TF759436