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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 Sunday 22nd December 2019

Overall a drier day, with waders on the marsh including 18 Black-tailed Godwits and 150 Golden Plover. Three White-fronted Geese were south of the Hun mid afternoon. A male Blackcap was in front of the Richardson Hide, 12 Fieldfares were at the back of Drove Orchards and a Cetti's Warbler was near the Broadwater. A Barn Owl was hunting at the back of the grazing marsh mid afternoon.

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Norfolk Waxwing Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still 1.30pm along sandy path
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate still just east of village by sharp bend
Norfolk 15.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn at 11.46am
Norfolk 1+Waxwing Strumpshaw Fen RSPB along sandy path early morning
Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield at 11.13am +8.Whooper Swans still
Norfolk 2.Ravens between Castle Rising +Wolferton west of A149 at 11.30am
Norfolk Shorelark Cley flew west over coastguards at 10.40am
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape briefly 9.30am
Norfolk 8.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum briefly
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail between Thornham +Choseley flew west over fields 1/4ml north of Choseley at 8.03am