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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.

Saturday 4th November 2017

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose ad still Burnham Overy Staithe in field +showing well
Norfolk 3.Caspian Gulls (ad +2.near-ads) Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape +1w.hybrid Caspian Gull x Herring Gull (German-ringed) 3.Little Stints. 4.Water Pipits on Serpentine
Norfolk probable Great Snipe Salthouse flushed from north end of Beach Road this morning then flew west
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (both males) Warham Greens roost
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Rockland Broad this evng
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Holkham on beach
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Reception Hide this evng
Norfolk Dotterel Titchwell RSPB at 4.30pm with Golden Plovers
Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER reported Walcott again
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still just south of beach car park in Eye Field at 3.20pm with 350.Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Holme on Lavender Marsh +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Shag on Thursday Rockland Broad
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Winterton
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh still
Norfolk 11+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks
Norfolk no sign of Pallas's Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in flooded cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Cockley Cley
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff reported y'day Thorpe St.Andrew in scrub at south end of Bungalow Lane at 3.35pm +Water Pipit flew towards flood at Station Marsh