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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.

Tuesday 16th February 2016

A Tree Sparrow was near the Richardson Hide briefly, and 3 Siskins flew over calling.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Male Pallid Harrier 4mls ENE/of King's Lynn at Roydon Common NNR late a/noon PE32 1AT TF680229
> Norfolk Juvenile Male Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB over saltmarsh at 07:40 then flew E/ TF650328
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Adult Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park on lake + 1w Drake Scaup, Female Red-crested Pochard & hybrid drake Ferruginous Duck x Pochard NR23 1RN
> Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT at 14:40 on Lady Fen viewable from the visitor centre PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves 14:20 at W/end of sheep field W/of entrance track TL815900
> Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT flew past main observatory PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Overy at midday viewable fropm A149 by last house PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk 6 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh near NT gate by bend in sea wall showing well + 6 Twite
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy Dunes 11:00 on beach at Gun Hill PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Spoonbill NW/of Burnham Overy Staithe on saltmarsh TF848457
> Norfolk Whimbrel Blakeney Harbour TG028441
> Norfolk 3 Water Pipit Cantley Beet Factory NR13 3JA TG389037
> Norfolk 4 Hen Harrier (1 Male + 3 Ringtail) Warham Greens this evng NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 4 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in paddock at 15:35 IP26 5HW TL822943
> Norfolk 2 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum mid a/noon, 1 in paddock & 1 in pines W/of paddock IP26 5HW TL822943
> Norfolk Drake Long-tailed Duck Holme Dunes NNR off Gore Point at 12:55
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on grazing marsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 20 Twite Thornham Harbour TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Cley NWT NR25 7SA TG049441