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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 5th January 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Hen Harrier Welney WWT mid a'noon
Norfolk 12.Waxwings Thorpe St.Andrew at Broadland Business Park mid a'noon NR7 0WE
Norfolk 7.Russian White-fronted Geese Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still 1.15pm Barton Broad from viewing platform +fem.Long-tailed Duck still +3.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv near Choseley Farm at Burnham Lane in field mid a'noon
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still this a'noon Wells harbour in channel opposite caravan park
Norfolk Great White Egret Gapton Marshes west of Harper's Lane track at 12.30pm tho distant
Norfolk 12.Twite Thornham harbour still 10.30am
Norfolk 27.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still west of roped-off area east of Holkham Gap (+c50.Snow Buntings Red-necked Grebe Slav Grebe Pale-bellied Brent Goose Great Northern Diver 2.hybrid.Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose) TF.896.458
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still +Common Crane
Norfolk 20+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still just east of boardwalk late morning tho mobile
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still Wells Woods in The Dell just beyond kissing gate in birches with 60+Lesser Redpolls tho mobile (+1+Mealy Redpoll)
Norfolk no sign of redhead.Smew Ormesby Little Broad /Filby Broad late morning
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still 10.56am Welney WWT from Main Hide +showing well
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.male y'day Hickling Broad NWT still at Stubb Mill late a'noon +2.Bewick's Swans 6.Common Cranes
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Barton Broad from viewing platform at 10.30am +fem.Long-tailed Duck still +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk possible Northern Treecreeper (nominate form familiaris) still Titchwell RSPB near picnic area at 8.30am
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT at Beach Road sluice then flew west
Norfolk Smew redhead just NW of Filby still on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform at 9.30am
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still Welney WWT from Main Hide
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still Wells harbour in channel opposite caravan park
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +5.Long-tailed Ducks still +Slav Grebe still