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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.

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 28.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap TF.896.458
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Cley NWT
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still 3pm from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Blakeney saltmarsh at 4.15pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike between Oxborough +Foulden in roadside hedge late a'noon
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls south of Titchwell still SW of Choseley this a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still 4pm on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform +2.redhead Smew still
Norfolk Great White Egret Warham Greens at 12.40pm +2.Hen Harriers (1.male)
Norfolk 90.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap in roped-off area at 12.04pm TF.896.458
Norfolk c50.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still mid a'noon with c50.Whooper Swans
Norfolk Little Gull flew east past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 15.Snow Buntings Cley still 400yds east of beach car park at 12.30pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh viewed from A149 +2+Russian White-fronted Geese still
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 12.27pm just east of north end of East Bank on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still this a'noon on Ormesby Little Broad. 2.redhead Smew still north of A1064 bridge
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT again just east of north end of East Bank on Arnold's Marsh at 11.39am
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Salthouse over marsh south of Gramborough Hill late morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk no sign of juv.Glaucous Gull Cley between beach car park +East Bank by 10.46am
Norfolk 12.Snow Buntings Cley still by beach car park
Norfolk 27.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in a'noon TF.896.458
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Stiffkey on saltmarsh at campsite car park late a'noon +3.Hen Harriers
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe 10.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still on Ormesby Little Broad +2.redhead Smew still