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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 8th January 2020

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still 12.30pm Holkham Park Lake near monument
Norfolk 19.Tundra Bean Geese East Somerton still in field east of Collis Lane by layby with aerials at 12.46pm
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 8ama then flew towards Cantley (+261.Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem still 12.45pm Ranworth Broad tho distant
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Stiffkey by coast path
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on roof of Two Lifeboats pub this a'noon
Norfolk 18.Tundra Bean Geese East Somerton still in field east of Collis Lane at 12.15pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w west of Norwich still at Earlham Marsh this morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 11.38am TF.911.441
Norfolk 61,400.Wigeon Breydon Water
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still tho mobile
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake at south end at 11.10am +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Holkham Bay still 10.21am
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem still 10.05am Ranworth Broad in channel right of viewing platform
Norfolk 4.Long-tailed Ducks Holme Dunes NWT on sea
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. 2.Spotted Redshanks on Tidal Marsh
Norfolk Waxwing Holme Dunes NOA still by car park at 8.29am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend TG.428.069
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem still Ranworth Broad tho distant
Norfolk 35+Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT at dawn