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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.

Friday 23rd October 2015

On the sea today 1500 Common Scoters, 2 Velvet Scoters, 26 Gannets, 8 Great Crested Grebes, and a Slavonian Grebe were recorded, and around the reserve 4 Water Rails, a Spotted Redshank, a Barn and a Short-eared Owl were of note. A flock of 420 Golden Plover were up over the ridge, and at Gore Point a Peregrine was seen. Other migrants included a Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrushes, 6 Redwings, 2 Stonechats, 50 Meadow Pipits, 10 Rock Pipits, 2 Bullfinches, 180 Greenfinches, 65 Goldfinches, 10 Siskins, 2 Lapland Buntings and 30 Reed Buntings.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Bale
> Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Holme Dunes NNR + Slavonian Grebe, 2 Velvet Scoter, Spotted Redshank & Short-eared Owl
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Wells over Pinewoods Caravan Park towards harbour at 17:15 NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Warham Greens at 17:15 + 2 Ringtail Hen Harrier NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff between Waxham & Winterton + 4 Short-eared Owl
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard E/of Stiffkey s/over A149 at 15:55 NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk 11 Common Crane over Waxham Corner late a/noon NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 14:10 from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh this a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Just E/of Titchwell RSPB at 14:10 in tree along Gypsy Lane PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey Gap in fields S/of c/pk this mrng NR29 4EJ TG463241
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Waxham at 13:50 at Waxham Corner NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Waxham at Waxham Corner NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes at 13:15 NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting e/over Holkham Gap
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard W/over Burnham Overy Dunes at 11:40 PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 11:20 TF884451
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting W/over Weybourne + 9 Common Crossbill SW/over Sheringham NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting West Runton W/along cliffs at 08:30
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Felbrigg Hall NT at 09:54 between Sexton's Lodge & Felbrigg Hall by 1st cattle grid NR11 8PR
> Norfolk 2 Great Grey Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Stiffkey Campsite by c/pk at 17:20 NR23 1QF TF964439
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Morston Quay showing well NR25 7DJ TG011444
> Norfolk 2 Black Redstart Cley next the Sea on church roof at 10:30 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB in roost this evng PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 14 Twite Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 16:15 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Black Redstart Choseley Drying Barns at 15:30 + Female Hen Harrier over fields N/of barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Haddiscoe Marshes + 2 Short-eared Owl NR31 9HZ TM451979
> Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Waxham W/of dunes at 15:25 NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl on N/side of Breydon Water NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Caister-on-Sea in dunes NR30 5HB TG527119
> Norfolk Black Redstart Cley next the Sea on church roof at 11:50 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Black Redstart Weybourne Camp at E/end on fence by coastal path at 09:30 NR25 7SR TG111435