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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.

Monday 12th October 2015

Another busy day with seawatching producing 5 Eider, a Velvet Scoter, 4 Red-throated Divers, 27 Gannets, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, a Bonxie east, 2 Razorbills and 50 unidentified auks, and 2 Kittiwakes. On the reserve over 300 Goldcrests were still present with 125 Robins, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Whitethroat, and 2 Stonechats. Flying over were 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 12 Bearded Tits, 2500 Starlings, 16 Blackbirds, 18 Song Thrushes, 63 Redwings, 2 Tree Sparrows, a Grey Wagtail, 11 Meadow Pipits, 3 Rock Pipits, 14 Bramblings, 25 Chaffinches, 275 Greenfinches, 4 Redpolls, 29 Siskins, a Yellowhammer and 9 Reed Buntings. A Ring Ouzel was around the NWT and there was another report of a Great White Egret flying east.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Ehrenberg's Redstart Burnham Overy Staithe at midday S/of fence in scrub W/of Holkham Pines
> Norfolk 1st Winter Isabelline Shrike Beeston Common at 18:08
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Holkham Pines at 18:25 W/of cross tracks in willows S/of main track but elusive
> Norfolk Probable Pallid Harrier Thurton SE/over Birch Way NR14 6AG
> Norfolk 1st Winter Isabelline Shrike Beeston Common at 12:36 in hedge (probable Daurian Shrike)
> Norfolk Adult White-rumped Sandpiper Cley NWT at 10:24 on Sea Pool E/of Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Dusky Warbler Holkham Pines at W/end by 14:20 + No Further Sign of Radde's Warbler W/of crosstracks & Yellow-browed Warbler
> Norfolk Radde's Warbler Holkham Pines 16:50 by path 25m E/of dunes at W/end but elusive.
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Radde's Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery by North Wall + Yellow-browed Warbler NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods at 15:53 by the drinking pool NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk 2 Richard's Pipit Wells at 15:25 + Short-eared Owl NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk 2 Richard's Pipit Wells at 15:15 in field E/of Drove. NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Gorleston-on-Sea this a/noon. NR31 6PL TG532036
> Norfolk Richard's Pipit Burnham Overy over towards gun hill at 14:05. PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods 14:15 at drinking pool. NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Weybourne this mrng. NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Reported Stiffkey at 11:45 W/of c/p briefly. NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk 5 Spoonbill Great Yarmouth at 09:25 over Yarmouth Street NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Caister-on-Sea this mrng but mobile + 3 Snow Bunting & Whinchat NR30 5HB TG527119
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Little Snoring at 11:46 on airfield.
> Norfolk Possible Radde's Warbler Snettisham Coastal Park at 11:20 + Yellow-browed Warbler & 2 Ring Ouzel TF648335
> Norfolk No Sign of Pallas's Warbler Sheringham by level crossing this mrng by 11:20 + Short-eared Owl NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods late mrng + Firecrest NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton-on-Sea near church on N/side of cricket pitch but mobile
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Little Snoring at 08:55 on the airfield.
> Norfolk Possible Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey heard in wood NR23 1QL TF975431