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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 Saturday 14th March 2020

1 Hebrew Character in moth trap
Spoonbill flying east over Thornham Harbour
Greenshank in Thornham Habour
Merlin hunting on the beach

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach
Norfolk 3.Waxwings y'day SW of Colkirk at West Raynham in lime in evng
Norfolk Waxwing Norwich flew over Earlham Road this morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew east over Roydon Common NNR at 1.54pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still at east end this a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Stiffkey on flood by A149 at 11am
Norfolk 5.Waxwings still Salthouse in tree opposite duck pond at 1.50pm
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still in dunes
Norfolk Spoonbill flew east over Thornham Harbour at 1.28pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1.21pm 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove near Raven's Farm on wires by footpath sign TF.673.049
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Haddiscoe Island at 12.55pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water early morning +2.Short-eared Owls
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham on rocks near Sheringham Museum at 12.42pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still in cattle field west of Herbert Woods boatyard at 11am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 10.59am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT from Nelson Lyle Hide +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Grey Plover flew over Wymondham at 8am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove at Raven's Farm in hedge from junction at 9.30am TF.673.049
Norfolk 9.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk 2+Russian White-fronted Geese Heigham Holmes still +2.presumed escaped Red-breasted Geese