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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 20th January 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still 1.30pm on Ormesby Little Broad from bridge just east of car park
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 11.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+25.Snow Buntings. drk.Scaup offshore) TF.896.458
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still Welney WWT +3.Tundra Bean Geese (+2.Cattle Egrets 3.Great White Egrets). Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Blakeney on saltmarsh then flew to freshmarsh
Norfolk 50+Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still 11.50am +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Great White Egret Snettisham RSPB flew south over pits
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Warham Greens still late morning
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Sculthorpe Moor NR flew over Oak Fen towards Sculthorpe Mill late morning
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in buckthorn by roped-off area
Norfolk 16.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh still in NE corner
Norfolk 14.Common Cranes Clippesby still in field north of Thurne Road
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +2.Slav Grebes 2.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Welney WWT still
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still on Ormesby Little Broad from bridge just east of car park
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still midway between beach car park +East Bank on dead seal
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Cley NWT
Norfolk 43.Snow Buntings y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Claxton Marshes