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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 Monday 29th July 2019

On the sea today 2 Eiders and 2 Gannets were of note and elsewhere a Red Kite drifted along the ridge, and a Great White Egret was on the NWT reserve together with 100+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper and 5 Wood Sandpipers.

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Norfolk 28+Wood Sands Cley NWT still +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water still late morning +Little Stint
Norfolk 20+Wood Sands Cley NWT still at Pat's Pool /Simmonds' Scrape +Little Stint
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Cantley beet factory still
Norfolk Turtle Dove juv Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Walsey Hills NOA at Snipe's Marsh early morning
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Sheringham flew west early morning
Norfolk Quail male singing y'day Kelling Water Meadow +3.Wood Sands
Norfolk 2.Garganey Titchwell RSPB +Great White Egret
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still +7.Curlew Sands 11.Wood Sands
Norfolk Wood Sand south of Cawston flew north over Brandiston at 6.14am
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Norwich flew west over New Costessey at 11.08pm [heard only]. Wood Sand flew NW over Hellesdon at c10.55pm [heard only]
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Norwich flew west over New Costessey at 11.08pm [heard only]. Wood Sand flew NW over Hellesdon at c10.55pm [heard only]
Norfolk 5.Ruddy Shelducks flew west past Sheringham at 5.50am