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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.

Friday 20th May 2016

The Short-eared Owl was the star of the show again today, with 3+ Turtle Doves and 2 Cuckoos, a Hobby and a Lesser Whitethroat the best of the rest. Just 2 moths were caught with a Poplar Hawk and a Green Carpet in the traps.

Short-eared Owl - Holme Bird Obs, May 2016 © Brian Carthy

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Glossy Ibis Wells Woods flew high over the pine woods heading E/this evng NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Male Montagu's Harrier Wymondham flew over Norwich Road towards Mulbarton TQ112013 TQ112013
> Norfolk Hoopoe Reported Thetford at Elvedon Center Parcs today IP24 2EP TL873826
> Norfolk Dotterel Choseley Drying Barns E/of Thornham - Choseley Farm Road mid-a/noon PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Ringtail Harrier sp. flew W/over Kelling Heath at 14:30 TG102419
> Norfolk 5 Immature Spoonbill Berney Marshes RSPB distantly viewed from Burgh Castle NR30 1SB TG460053
> Norfolk Dotterel S/of Choseley Drying Barns in field W/of bend in the road PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Felbrigg Hall NT on lake this evng NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water hunting S/wall this evng NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme NOA + 3 Turtle Dove TF717450
> Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide this a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436
> Late News Yesterday Norfolk 5 Immature Spoonbill Berney Marshes RSPB in the evng + Short-eared Owl NR30 1SB TG460053