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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.

Sunday 1st January 2017

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose Waxham NR12 0DZ TG440261
Norfolk 4 Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes at 15:15 E/of village s/of Stone Road
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose North Creake Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Docking at E/end of village N/of B1155 TF785409
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Docking in field behind Doctor's Surgery at Pound Lane at 12:15 TF785409
Norfolk 22 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk 2 Tundra Bean Goose Waxham by bend in rd. with Pink Footed Geese NR12 0DZ TG440261
Norfolk 4 Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes at 10:30
Norfolk 20 Shorelark Holkham Gap on Saltmarsh to the E
Norfolk Great White Egret Lynford GP this mrng Norfolk 4 Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes
Norfolk 28 Long-tailed Duck Holme NOA flew past + 14 Velvet Scoter TF717450
Norfolk 4 Hen Harrier Stiffkey Fen from c/pk NR23 1QW TF990438
Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle at 15:25 PE35 6EJ TF672278
Norfolk 57 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Welney WWT on Lady Fen PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk 4 Waxwing New Costessey on Jermingham Rd NR5 0RG Norfolk Hooded Crow Mautby in the Pig Fields
Norfolk Waxwing Cromer at 12:23 at Holt Rd/Sandy Lane junction in garden NR27 9HE TG219423 Norfolk No Sign of Scaup Hickling Broad NWT + No Sign of Great Northern Diver NR12 0BW TG429221 Norfolk 2 Scaup Tottenhill GPs Norfolk 3 Waxwing Cromer at Holt Road/Sandy Lane junction at 09:38 NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk 4 Common Waxbill New Costessey on Jerningham Road NR5 0RG
Norfolk 60 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore + 25 Velvet Scoter & Female Scaup at 08:50 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 1 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum at 08:10 IP26 5HW TL822943