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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 5th August 2019

A Spotted Redshank was on the NWT reserve and 11 Black-tailed Godwit flew over Thornham Harbour, with 5 summer plumage Golden Plover also of interest.

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Norfolk Garganey Cley NWT still in NE corner of Pat's Pool at 2.46pm
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Pope's Marsh this morning
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 1.56pm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Bishop's Hide
Norfolk 7.Wood Sands Cley NWT still
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash off Shore Hide at 11.43am
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Cantley beet factory still
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 10.45am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape (+Wood Sand still +Spotted Redshank)
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB +5.Wood Sands
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 10.11am +4.Spoonbills still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 9.10am Cley NWT at NW end of Pat's Pool from Teal Hide
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 6.45am Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 6.16am (+Wood Sand Spotted Redshank