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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.

Friday 4th December 2015

3 Shorelark were again at Thornham Point, and 24 Snow Buntings were also seen, together with 2 Rock Pipits.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB at 13:09 over saltmarsh near southern pit but mobile TF650328
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB 12:50 at S/end TF650328
> Norfolk Possible Gull-billed Tern Reported W/past West Runton at 10:15 but distant
> Norfolk 2 Rough-legged Buzzard 2mls S/of Titchwell at Choseley Drying Barns over fields at 14:45 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 22 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham Point on beach + 24 Snow Bunting PE36 6NH TF740451
> Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull NNW/of King's Lynn at 15:00 just E/of River Great Ouse by Cross Bank Road at Fisher Fleet but mobile PE30 2QA TF631204
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham Freshmarsh W/of Lady Ann's Drive this a/noon TF884451
> Norfolk 2 Little Auk E/past Titchwell RSPB at 11:15 + 2 Velvet Scoter offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike NE/of Santon Downham at Santon Warren by river right of St.Helen's c/pk at 11:30 IP27 0TT TL829872
> Norfolk Cattle Egret Aylmerton by The Street in cattle field till 07:30 then flew NW/over church
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh + 2 Spotted Redshank on brackish marsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Hawfinch Cley next the Sea 14:00 at N/end of Church Lane NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 50 Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB flew W/long beach this a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe in harbour at 13:15 showing well PE31 8BJ TF794442