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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 18th August 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 27 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Greenish Warbler Blakeney Point NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Snettisham RSPB + 4 Little Stint TF650328
Norfolk Greenish Warbler Blakeney Point at 17:00 NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Greenish Warbler Blakeney Point NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Wryneck Snettisham Coastal Park 1ml N/of beach c/pk, 200yds N/of cross bank TF653350 Norfolk 21 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh this mrng + Little Stint & 2 JUV Arctic Tern PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Holme NOA + Whinchat Burnham Overy Dunes TF717450
Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Kelling Water Meadows this a/noon + 3 Whinchat NR25 7ED TG095436 Norfolk Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water early mrng + 3 Little Gull NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 7 Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide at 14:00 NR13 4HS TG341066 Norfolk Little Stint Buckenham Marshes RSPB at midday from hide + Whinchat by mill NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk 2 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water at 09:00 NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Little Stint Hockwold Washes at 08:20 from Washland Viewpoint IP26 4LQ TL727882 Norfolk Red-necked Grebe W/past Sheringham NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Sheringham in NE/corner of Dead Man's Wood + Redwing, no general access NR26 8BQ TG159435