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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 9th March 2020

7 Twite seen on coal barn at Thornham Harbour
1 Hebrew Character in moth trap

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Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. Woodcock from Fen Trail
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham 1/4ml west of boardwalk at 12.20pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 1.25pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in bush viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 24.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle at 12.24pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove in hedge near Raven's Farm junction +showing well TF.673.049
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
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. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills still Holkham Freshmarsh at west end +5+Great White Egrets 4+Cattle Egrets
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Dersingham over fields in evng +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 10.30am. 2.Great White Egrets still from Washington Hide
Norfolk 120+Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Heigham Holmes
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh. ad.Pale-bellied Brent Goose on Bull Marsh with 1,000.Dark-bellied Brent Geese +3.hybrid Pale-bellied Brent Goose x Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 3+Great White Egrets y'day Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks y'day still Holkham Bay in saltmarsh tho mobile (6+Snow Buntings still in dunes. 1+Velvet Scoter still on sea)