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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 3rd June 2016

A very cool day, though the wind has eased a bit. It has been reassuring to see the Blue Tits above the Observatory still feeding their young, who can be heard from some distance away. Elsewhere the Short-eared Owl was present at the NWT entrance, Turtle Dove and Cuckoo were still present, and a Spotted Flycatcher was of note. The moth catch consisted of just 1 Muslin, 2 Vine's Rustic and a Cinnabar, together with 76 Diamond-backs!

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Adult Spoonbill W/over Titchwell RSPB this a/noon + 2 1s Little Gull on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Female Red-backed Shrike 1ml E/of Cley at E/end of Walsey Hills NOA mid a/noon near viewing area NR25 7SA TG062439
> Norfolk Montagu's Harrier W/over Overstrand at 09:45 NR27 0PF TG246410
> Norfolk Probable Marsh Warbler Holkham Freshmarsh singing from Washington Hide at 09:00 + Great White Egret NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Whooper Swan Snettisham Coastal Park offshore + Drake Scaup flew N/past Heacham TF648335
> Norfolk 2 Little Gull Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Redwing Horstead