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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 Wednesday 24th July 2019

An Osprey initially picked up heading west over Titchwell, was seen circling over the western edge of Thornham Harbour from the Observatory mid morning. A flock of 53 Black-tailed Godwits were on the edge of the Broadwater and a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling early morning along the entrance track.

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Norfolk Black Tern Wells over channel north of coastguard station mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still +17.Spoonbills still
Norfolk no sign of ad.Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB 9.30am-1pm
Norfolk Purple Heron Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still at Tank Road
Norfolk Osprey Thornham harbour
Norfolk Osprey Titchwell RSPB again flew west mid morning
Norfolk 1,900+Med Gulls y'day Breydon Water in evng
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Garganey Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Spoonbill 3.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Caspian Gull near-ad y'day Cley NWT in evng +3.juv.Spoonbills Wood Sand 2w.Little Gull