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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 Monday 16th March 2020

Garganey pair still present
First Chiffchaff of the year caught

Norfolk news from Rare Bird Alert
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Norfolk 5.Waxwings still 1.30pm Salthouse by A149 layby opposite duckpond tho mobile
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 2.24pm 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove in hedge near Raven's Farm junction tho distant TF.673.049
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Holkham Bay still 1.55pm
Norfolk Great White Egret NE of Potter Heigham at Heigham Sound from Weavers' Way at 12.47pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT at Rush Hill Scrape from hide by Weavers' Way at 11.39am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove in hedge near Raven's Farm junction at 11.19am tho distant TF.673.049
Norfolk 5.Waxwings still 11.03am Salthouse by A149 layby opposite duckpond
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 10.45am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Wheatear Cley NWT in Eye Field by main drain at 9.44am
Norfolk 5.Waxwings still Salthouse at back of Grout's Lane
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park in trees at NE corner of Great Broad
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still 7.15am