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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 5th October 2015

A brisk south easterly with low cloud and rain brought down fewer birds than expected but a notable movement of Redwings and Song Thrushes took place with 350+ Redwings and 35 Song Thrushes recorded during the day. A Red Kite was drifting east over Thornham Harbour and a Balearic Shearwater passed close in east. Also of note were at least 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Firecrest in the pines, 4 Rock Pipits, a Peregrine, a Cetti's Warbler, and 2 Spotted Redshanks in Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Kelling Water Meadows NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler East Hills + Ring Ouzel & Ringtail Hen Harrier TF924456
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 10:15 from Joe Jordan Hide
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB + Curlew Sandpiper & 7 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Holme NWT + Firecrest TF715449
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens along Garden Drove + Spoonbill off N/end. NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Walsey Hills NOA at 13:20 in sallows at S/end NR25 7SA TG062439
> Norfolk Balearic Shearwater E/past Holme NWT at 10:20. TF715449
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey early a/noon SE/end of Nelson Head track NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines at W/end. + Ringtail Hen Harrier
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Regis E/of church at 11:00
> Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Common
> Norfolk 5 Common Crane Waxham this mrng. NR12 0DZ TG440261