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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.

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 26th March 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk 11.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still on Billy's Wash this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Garganey drk Bintree Mill still 5.15pm
Norfolk great White Egret Claxton Marshes again viewed from Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 5.20pm +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Garganey drk Bintree Mill still 1.45pm
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham still on rocks opposite Funky Mackerel Cafe at 11.35am
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Cattle Egret still +Spoonbill still). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Garganey drk Bintree Mill at 12.20pm
Norfolk Great White Egret 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +16.Russian White-fronted Geese 3. Common Cranes.
Norfolk 3.Velvet Scoters Cley still on sea off beach car park at 10.48am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool. 2,Great Northern Divers on sea
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT stil 10.29am in pine on east side
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton Marsh at 10.20am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still 10.09am on post opposite visitor centre
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton still in paddock at Low Road
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets y'day Hickling Broad NWT from Bittern Hide early a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cantley in cattle field behind Reedcutter pub at 8.54am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR at 8.13am
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) still Salthouse just south of A149 on feeder in garden at 6am