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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 29th January 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 16.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh still in NW corner tho mobile
Norfolk 5+Hen Harriers (1+male) Warham Greens roost again +Great White Egret
Norfolk Black Brant ad just east of Wells again in field by A149 opposite Blue Skies Campsite at 3.05pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese then flushed
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 3.Purple Sands Sheringham still on rocks at east end
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 3pm at north end of East Bank on carcass
Norfolk 45.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still 200yds east of beach car park
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 1.30pm just east of north end of East Bank
Norfolk 13.Twite Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on Pit.3 TF.648.317
Norfolk again no sign of any Coues's Arctic Redpolls (form exilipes) Wells Woods (nor any Mealy Redpolls)
Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney on saltmarsh from quay car park this a'noon
Norfolk 2+Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still on bank by visitor centre early a'noon
Norfolk 2.Scaup (both fem) Barton Broad still
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still just west of north end of East Bank on carcass at 11.40am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB still early morning +9.Long-tailed Ducks offshore
Norfolk 60+Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 11am +Dartford Warbler still TF.896.458
Norfolk 27.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 10.40am TF.896.458
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv c2mls south of Titchwell still SE of Choseley drying barns mid morning