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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 9th December 2017

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Waxwing again Ashill on crab apple in garden at 2.15pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Walcott on seafront at 2.45pm
Norfolk 15.Parrot Crossbills still 2.35pm north of Santon Downham at Santon Warren north of railway near level crossing then flew south
Norfolk 10.Parrot Crossbills still 2.30pm north of Santon Downham at Santon Warren north of railway near level crossing
Norfolk 17.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still NR13 3RX
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Mundesley still on beach early a'noon +showing well
Norfolk 22.Parrot Crossbills still north of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in trees near road bridge at 11.40am
Norfolk 22.Twite still Thornham Harbour late morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Little Auk Hunstanton on sea off Alive Oasis Centre at 9.30am then flew south
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Marsh