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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.

Wednesday 30th November 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Staithe NNW/of Gun Hill late this a'noon on bushes to the left of path TF848457
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose Docking in field SW/of B1454 TF785409
Norfolk 4 Caspian Gull Cley NWT this a'noon on Simmond's Scrape + Water Pipit NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard near Choseley Drying Barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
Norfolk Green-winged Teal Cley next the Sea on Simmond's Scrape at 15:50 + Caspian Gull NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose Docking in field SW/of B1454 TF785409
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose Docking in field SW/of B1454 TF785409
Norfolk 32 Shorelark Holkham Bay + Red-necked Grebe, 4 Long-tailed Duck & 5 Velvet Scoter NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 3 Great White Egret Gapton Marshes in horse field at bottom of Harper's Lane at 08:50 Norfolk 17 Snow Bunting Winterton-on-Sea
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Holkham Bay offshore this a'noon + Red-necked Grebe & 11 Velvet Scoter NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Ludham at St.Benet's Abbey + 20 Bewick's Swan Norfolk 38 Waxwing Costessey on Jerningham Road NR5 0RG TG182100
Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 7 Hawfinch Santon Warren at Field Barn opposite ride.24 at 10:00 IP27 0TS TL833873
Norfolk 20 Snow Bunting Gramborough Hill on beach at 09:15 NR25 7XW TG085441
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB + 4 Scaup & 29 Long-tailed Duck PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB + 2 Scaup, 16 Long-tailed Duck & 10 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Swallow Horsey Gap this a'noon NR29 4EJ TG463241