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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 12th January 2020

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still 2.40pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 19.Tundra Bean Geese East Somerton still west of Collis Lane opposite substation at 2pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem still Ranworth Broad in channel from viewing platform mid a'noon tho elusive
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes from A149 layby
Norfolk c20.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield +c50.Whooper Swans
Norfolk 15+Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk 5.Tundra Bean Geese between Blackborough End +Wormegay
Norfolk 2.Smew (both redheads) near Rollesby Broad flew over Lily Broad
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Costessey at Longwater Retail Park on NEWS roof. From Next car park walk east along road for 100yds to view refuse centre roof TG.158.106
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road in NE corner of field near dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk no further sign of any redhead.Smew Rollesby Broad late morning
Norfolk 30.Russian White-fronted Geese Acle Straight from A47 at Herringby layby
Norfolk Hen Harrier juv Cley NWT still 11.45am over reeds +shingle bank
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets Nar Valley Fisheries
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Choseley still south of drying barns with Pink-footed Geese TF.750.413
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Weybourne still from track east of windmill at 11.35am with c5,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 130.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 5.Russian White-fronted Geese Weybourne still from track east of windmill at 11.34am with c5,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still from A149 layby +3.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gull (both 1w) just SW of Norwich at Ketteringham Recyling Centre viewed from Cantley Lane
Norfolk 10+Twite Thornham Harbour on coal barn then flew north
Norfolk Hen Harrier juv Cley NWT between Simmonds' Scrape +North Scrape in rough area at 10.45am
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Walpole St.Peter south of Goose's Lane at 10am with c2,000.Pink-footed Geese (+3.ad.Greenland White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road with Pink-footed Geese at 9.10am +showing well
Norfolk 2.Smew (both redheads) Rollesby Broad
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese north of Sedgeford still by Ringstead Road with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road west of Wells Quay over football pitch then flew east over channel +lost to view