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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.

Tuesday 20th October 2015

Migration was winding down a bit today ahead of the weather due in tomorrow. On the sea 3 Eiders, a Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannets, 20 Great Crested Grebes, and 6 Razorbills were of note, while on the reserve a few more Goldcrests were still present but there was no further sign of the Great Grey Shrike. Barn, Tawny and Short-eared Owls were seen today, 3 Bearded Tits were along the east bank, a single Swallow went through, and 5 Blackcaps, 3 Stonechats, 5 Rock Pipits, 16 Bramblings, 16 Redpolls, and 20 Siskins were of note.

One of two Bearded Tits caught today on the east bank - Holme Bird Obs, 20th September 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods at 17:10 W/of c/p on main track past 2nd bench on main track. NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Olive-backed Pipit Wells Woods at 15:15 W/of drinking pool below pines. + Tree Pipit, Pallas's Warbler by 1st bench on main track & No Further Sign of Red-flanked Bluetail NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Olive-backed Pipit Wells Woods at 14:36 on main track just beyond Drinking Pool NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk No Sign of 1st Winter Isabelline Shrike (probable Daurian) W/of Beeston Regis at Beeston Common this mrng,.Park in large layby by A149 just beyond Brook Road & walk SW/ onto common NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk Olive-backed Pipit Wells Woods 400yds W/of Drinking Pool briely at 10:35 NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Female/Immature Red-flanked Bluetail Wells Woods late mrng near Drinking Pool NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Female/Immature Red-flanked Bluetail Wells Woods near Drinking Pool NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Red-veined Darter (dragonfly) Felbrigg Hall NT NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes at 17:50 near Eastern Pools + Short-eared Owl NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Felbrigg Hall NT NR11 8PR
> Norfolk 5 Common Crane Horsey this evng from viewpoint NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey 16:09 from viewpoint + Great Grey Shrike NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk 3 Great Grey Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB this a/noon. NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey 15:00 circling 330yds S/of Nelson Head. NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes by toad pools NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holkham Pines at 13:50 1/2ml E/of Lady Ann's Drive NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Aylmerton at 13:15 in garden
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Richard's Pipit Burnham Overy by 13:00 PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 13:45 TF884451
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods W/along main track towards Holkham Pines NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 11:50 TF884451
> Norfolk 2 Rough-legged Buzzard Winterton North Dunes + Great Grey Shrike NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Kelling Water Meadows at 11:08 W/of pool NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting West Runton w/over clifftop c/pk at 09:15
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh viewable from sea wall at Burnham Overy Staithe TF884451