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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA RESERVES TO RE-OPEN FROM MONDAY 13TH JULY 2020

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.

Tuesday 22nd September 2015

Highlights today included some visible migration of particularly House Martins and Swallows, with close to a thousand birds recorded moving west along the coast during the early part of the morning. Coal and Blue Tits were also very obvious first thing, with birds both in the pines and also along the East Bank. More unusual was high number of Dunnocks recorded, with a count of over a hundred individuals made along the coastal path between Hunstanton and the Obs.

Other birds seen in the recording area included two Greenshank, a Short-eared Owl, two Kingfishers and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, one of which was trapped and ringed. On the sea there were nine Eiders (7 males), several Red-throated Divers and at least one Arctic Skua.

 A young male Great Spotted Woodpecker, with closer inspection revealing several red tipped juvenile feathers still retained on the crown - Holme Bird Obs,  22nd September 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 2 Common Crane Holkham Park over entrance at 14:00 NR23 1QE TF950455
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Cley NWT over marsh this a/noon NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 9 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 13:15 + 3 Little Stint PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Warham Greens on saltmarsh off Garden Drove NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Osprey over Strumpshaw Fen RSPB early mrng NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NNR
> Norfolk Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh + 9 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Osprey NE/of Dereham at Elsing atThree Bridges Farm over fishing pond early a/noon showing well, do not enter farm NR20 3EQ
> Norfolk 2 Bonxie Wells over beach c/pk early a/noon NR23 1AR TF917437