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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 24th November 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Possible Arctic Redpoll Reported Salthouse just W/of Little Eye with Linnets but mobile NR25 7XW TG082443 Norfolk 9 Shorelark E/of Holkham Gap on saltmarsh
Norfolk Possible 2 Bean Goose E/of Snettisham Village on N/side of Bircham Road this a/noon with Pink-footed Geese + Pale-bellied Brent Goose & 2 White-fronted Goose TF650328
Norfolk Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes this a/noon in field with cattle
Norfolk 3 Shorelark Salhouse just W/of Little Eye at 12:40
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island viewed from mound in Waveney Forest TG457011 Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT at 08:15 on Arnold's Marsh + Red-necked Grebe NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 15 Waxwing Costessey on Jermingham Road this mrng NR5 0RE TG182100
Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Reception Hide late a/noon NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk 21 Long-tailed Duck off Brancaster this a/noon + 7 Velvet Scoter & 3 Great Northern Diver PE31 8AW TF772438
Norfolk 50 Snow Bunting Salthouse 500yds E/of Beach Road on E/side of Gramborough Hill NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Female Scaup Snettisham RSPB TF650328 Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Duck Cley NWT on Watling Water from babcock Hide NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Drake Velvet Scoter off Gorleston-on-Sea at midday NR31 6PL TG532036
Norfolk Black Redstart Sheringham on buildings in c/pk on Holway Road by Sheringham Community Centre at 11:45 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe off Titchwell RSPB + 3 Great Northern Diver PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 3 Velvet Scoter off Titchwell RSPB + 2 Scaup & 3 Long-tailed Duck PE31 8BB TF759436