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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 3rd October 2015

Another fine day with some good birds; another Yellow-browed Warbler was ringed at 1pm, a Bittern gave good views flying along the Broadwater edge, 2+ Water Rails were calling in the reeds and Spotted Redshank and Greenshank were seen. Also of note were 4 Red-throated Divers, 6 Gannets, 2 Arctic Skuas and 2 Sandwich Terns on the sea, a Short-eared Owl hunting the grazing marsh, a Green and four Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 16 Bearded Tits, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Stonechats, 2 Rock Pipits, 6 Lesser Redpolls and 30 Siskins.
 
Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk No Sign of Blyth's Pipit Stiffkey Fen by 08:45 N/of campsite c/p NR23 1QW TF990438

> Norfolk No Further Sign of Marsh Sandpiper Cley NWT by 10:15 + Snow Bunting showing very well NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Marsh Sandpiper Cley NWT landed on W/side of North Scrape at 09:25 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk No Sign of Marsh Sandpiper Cley NWT W/of beach c/p this mrng. + Short-eared Owl on site. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens at 16:05 NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Little Bunting Blakeney Point at 15:15 near new seawtaching hide then flew/SW & no further sign. NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey today 400m/W of the campsite. NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk Leach's Petrel W/past Salthouse at 14:00. NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens 13:45 at N/end of Garden Drove NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey Fen at campsite. NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Common at 11:50
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holme NOA trapped & ringed at 12:45, to be released shortly from ringing shed. TF717450
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Common by 11:05 on track by Holly
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods along path on the W/side of Pinewoods Caravan Park this mrng. + Firecrest NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk 2 Common Crane Burnham Overy Dunes PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holme NWT on approach road near play area. TF715449
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey Fen at 08:40 W/end of campsite wood NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk 2 Common Crane W/over Stiffkey Fen at 08:25 NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holme NOA in Pines N/of coastal path + Hawfinch, Woodlark & Spotted Redshank TF717450