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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 9th June 2016

Two Spoonbills started the day on the Broadwater and were viewable from the car park hide, with a Turtle Dove also noted feeding on the edge of the sea buckthorn opposite the car park. The biggest surprise of the day though was a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver, seen on the sea behind the Observatory. A pair of Med Gulls were again seen along the Broadwater later in the morning.

Two Spoonbills on the Broadwater near the car park - Holme Bird Obs, June 2016

Great Northern Diver in full summer plumage on the sea - Holme Bird Obs, June 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB at 19:00 on freshmarsh near brick tern island PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Spoonbill E/over Titchwell RSPB late a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape, viewable from hide on Weaver's Way NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh mid a/noon from Joe Jordan Hide NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Holme Dunes NWT on Broad Water + Great Northern Diver offshore this mng
> Norfolk Great Northern Diver Holme NOA in summer plumage + 2 Spoonbill at Broad Water & Turtle Dove by c/pk TF717450