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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 3rd March 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 6 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh by NT gate near bend in sea wall
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Holkham NNR from Joe Jordan Hide this a/noon + 80 Eurasian White-fronted Goose TF884451
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns at 17:00 then flew/W PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves at 13:00 TL815900
> Norfolk Great White Egret E/over Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB at 09:15 NR14 7DF TG305064
> Norfolk 5 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh by NT gate near bend in sea wall late mrng
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard over Titchwell RSPB at 11:45 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT from Lyle Hide PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier Warham Greens + 2 Short-eared Owl NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 11 Snow Bunting Cley NWT on Beach N/of Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 45 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes + Short-eared Owl NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 6 Snow Bunting Burnham Overy Staithe at 15:00 by Gun Hill
> Norfolk Purple Sandpiper Sheringham E/of The Funky Mackerel Cafe on rocks at 14:15 NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Adult Kittiwake Nunnery Lakes at 13:25 on East Lake IP24 2YW TL873822
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Adult Male Hen Harrier Brancaster Staithe W/over the saltmarsh at 11:45 PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Filby Broad at 10:25 at W/end NR29 3HH TG461136
> Norfolk Adult Kittiwake Nunnery Lakes on D.Lake at 08:10 then flew/NW IP24 2YW TL873822