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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 Saturday 25th May 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Dotterel Blakeney Point at midday
Norfolk Quail male singing Terrington Marsh at New Inclosed Marsh
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad y'day Hunstanton in bush along cliffs between Queens Drive +Clarence Road with Starlings TF.673.416
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Loddon still at Hardley Staithe at 7.50pm
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Blakeney Freshmarsh mid evng
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still c6.30pm Titchwell RSPB in dead tree viewable from screen at Patsy's Pool
Norfolk Purple Heron ad again c6.15pm Titchwell RSPB in dead tree in reedbed
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still +Turtle Dove
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT again flew west over Billy's Wash mid a'noon
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Stiffkey 200yds west of Stiffkey Fen by coast path at 10.20am
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew south over Hunstanton at 2.30pm
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew west over Titchwell RSPB at 2.05pm
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew west over Burnham Norton at 1.50pm
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Burnham Overy Staithe circling at 1.40pm
Norfolk Purple Heron ad again early a'noon Titchwell RSPB flew over freshmarsh towards East Bank
Norfolk Purple Heron ad Titchwell RSPB flew over reedbed towards freshmarsh +landed in ditch at 9.40am
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Snettisham Coastal Park at 8.55am
Norfolk/Suffolk no sign of Temminck's Stint Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes
Norfolk Purple Heron ad Brancaster flew east over sea wall at Beach Road then landed in reedbed north of Marsh Drove TF.774.443
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Earsham at 8.05am
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (both 1s) Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 3.Turtle Doves Winterton North Dunes flew north from plantation
Norfolk BEE-EATER flew south over Cart Gap early morning