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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.

Monday 26th December 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 14 Tundra Bean Goose (form interior) NE/of Docking this mrng in field by minor road to Burnham Market with Pink-footed Geese + 3 White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 5 Common Crane Heigham Holmes late a/noon + 18 Common Crane flew east , 2 Ringtail Hen Harrier & 380 Eurasian White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 23 Shorelark E/of Holkham Gap on satmarsh
Norfolk 2 Cattle Egret Halvergate Village mid a/noon NW/of Marsh Road/Branch Road junction Norfolk 10 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB + 130 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk 5 Tundra Bean Goose SW/of Beighton viewed from S/end of Hassingham Road with 1000 Pink-footed Geese, view only from vehicle
Norfolk 14 Tundra Bean Goose Belton viewed from A143 at Burton's Farm NR31 9HU TG464034 Norfolk 6 Common Crane Heigham Holmes at 08:35 + 400 Eurasian White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 30 Snow Bunting Gramborough Hill this a/noon on E/side NR25 7XW TG085441
Norfolk 6 Waxwing Costessey on Jerningham Road this a/noon NR5 0RE TG182100
Norfolk 34 Snow Bunting Winterton Dunes NNR 1/2ml N/of c/pk at 15:30 NR29 4BQ TG496198 Norfolk 22 Adult Eurasian White-fronted Goose Ringland at 14:00 by River Wensum NR8 6AB TG137139
Norfolk 12 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Snettisham Coastal Park N/of Snettisham Beach Road at 14:00 TF648335
Norfolk Firecrest Beeston Common by s/path at 11:55 NR26 8RX TG165425
Norfolk 1st Winter Drake Velvet Scoter W/past Blakeney Point at 10:50 NR25 7DJ TG007464 Norfolk 6 Waxwing Costessey on Jerningham Road NR5 0RE TG182100