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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.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew south past Hemsby (+42.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Water Pipit Welney WWT from Friends Hide. Short-eared Owl Lady Fen. 2.Great White Egrets from Nelson Lyle Hide
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still from mound in Waveney Forest mid a'noon
Norfolk 4 Short-eared Owls Haddiscoe Marshes still this a'noon +Hen Harrier
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham this a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea + Water Pipit and Ringtail Hen Harrier
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 3.28pm on Arnold's Marsh viewable from East Bank
Norfolk no sign of drk Ring-necked Duck Welney WWT (but Cattle Egret still)
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR from Volunteer Hide
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls south of Titchwell still 2.20pm SW of Choseley in hedge by road to Thornham Corner
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still mid a'noon on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform +2 Redhead Smew still
Norfolk Black Brant ad Holkham NNR again in field east of Lady Ann's Drive at 1.40pm (+Pale-belled Brent Goose and 2 hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent)
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike NW of Santon Downham still 1.15pm west of Santon Warren by railway 1/3ml north of level crossing
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Geese Holkham Freshmarsh in field west of Lady Anne's Drive at 1.10pm
Norfolk 2 Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddocks at 10.28am
Norfolk 5 Snow Buntings still on beach at Cley
Norfolk 14 Twite Thornham Harbour still 10.29am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Salthouse still 10.50am flew west past end of beach road
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on pit 3 at 9.36am + Spoonbill still
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Dartford Warbler y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of cordon