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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.

Thursday 18th February 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Male Pallid Harrier 4mls ENE of King's Lynn at Roydon Common NNR at 17:00 PE32 1AT TF680229
> Norfolk 1st Winter Caspian Gull NNE/of East Winch Ashwicken Lake
> Norfolk 2 Caspian Gull (1 1st Winter + 1 2nd Winter) Blackborough End Tip .Access to site restricted to Narvos members only, Non members view from public rights of way PE32 1SF TF667149
> Norfolk Adult Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park on lake by Stop 2 on Nature Trail + Female Red-crested Pochard, 2 Scaup & hybrid drake Ferruginous Duck x Pochard NR23 1RN
> Norfolk Cattle Egret 1ml S/of Burgh St.Peter just N/of river Waveney in cattle field by track to Eastend Farm this a/noon. Park at Boon's Heath & walk S/to view NR34 0BF TM469918
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves at W/end of sheep field W/of entrance track at 12:15 TL815900
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy Dunes mid mrng on beach 300yds N/of Gun Hill PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe in main channel this a/noon. Access from Harbour Way PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier (1 Male + 4 Ringtail) Warham Greens this evng in roost NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on grazing marsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Male Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in paddocks at 14:25 then flew W/towards pines IP26 5HW TL822943
> Norfolk Hen Harrier Blakeney Freshmarsh at 10:00