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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.

Saturday 10th October 2015

Highlights today were 2 Great White Egrets passing east over the grazing marsh early morning, on the sea 46 Common Scoters and 49 Gannets, a Red Kite heading west over Holme village, a Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshanks, one Barn Owl, one Short-eared Owl and a Merlin hunting, 2 Cetti's Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a female Ring Ouzel which landed briefly in the pines, 2 Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail, 3 Rock Pipits, 5 Redpolls, 23 Siskins and a Lapland Bunting over calling. Also of note  today was a catch of 82 Greenfinches in the mist nets.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk White-rumped Sandpiper Cley Marshes NWT at 14:55 just E/of East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk White-rumped Sandpiper Walsey Hills NOA at 13:27 on Pope's Marsh but distant. NR25 7SA TG062439
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Sheringham at 11:50 by footpath by Weybourne Heath, between Sheringham Park & Weybourne Station NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey at 14:50 in bushes by North Norfolk Coastal Path NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Trimingham in hedgerows near campsite at NR11 8HP; do not park near junction NR11 8EG TG279388
> Norfolk Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen on saltmarsh near Campsite woof this evng. NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting over Holme Dunes NWT + Female Ring Ouzel, Spotted Redshank & Short-eared Owl
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Burnham Deepdale 16:00 at cricket pitch with tit flock PE31 8FB TF803442
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Brancaster all f/path to beach just before sea wall. PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Pectoral Sandpiper Cley Marshes NWT near Wigeon Marsh early a/noon. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey Fen heard by road late mrng NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Cley NWT E/of Arnold's Marsh by Wigeon Marsh late mrng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines W/of crosstracks
> Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Holkham Pines near Washington Hide at 11:00 in pines but elusive
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide
> Norfolk No Sign of Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB this mrg + Yellow-browed Warbler by Fen Trail PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Regis with tit flock by s/path at Beeston Common
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holme NWT 2nd bird flew/E 1/2ml S/of the beach at 08:15 TF715449