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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 1st January 2016

Highlights today were 8 Whooper Swans over west, 1500 Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, 15 Red-breasted Mergansers, 14 Red-throated Divers, 1 Fulmar and 1 Kittiwake on the sea, 4 Marsh Harriers, 2 Common Buzzards, a Water Rail, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Stonechats, 5 Rock Pipits, a flock of 9 Crossbills over west, and the 3 Shorelark were still at Thornham Point.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk No Sign of Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham + Ringtail Hen Harrier PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water at 14:30 from hide NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Burgh Castle on mud near church farm at 10:10 TG476049
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy E/of the end of the boardwalk showing well PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk 2 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB distantly at E/end near railway line at 14:30 + 40 White-fronted Goose NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Marshes at Hadddiscoe Island mid a/noon + Ringtail Hen Harrier NR31 9HZ TM451979
> Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose Kelling NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk 2 Common Crane Horsey 400m S/of the NT Horsey Mill c/p at midday NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk 2 Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB this mrng NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 11:30 in flight briefly NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk 2 Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns late mrng PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Holme Dunes NWT by Thornham Harbour mouth + 25 Twite in c/p
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at W/end of pines NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk 2 Ringtail Hen Harrier Roydon Common NWT at 13:00
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB at 15:45 in the roost PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 4 Snow Bunting Holme Dunes NWT + 2 Velvet Scoter
> Norfolk 7 Hen Harrier Warham Greens in roost this evng NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Spotted Redshank Burgh Castle this a/noon TG476049
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Snettisham RSPB E/of sea wall near pines at 15:10 TF650328
> Norfolk Bonxie S/past Horsey at 12:30 NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB + 3 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 41 Bewick's Swan Ludham Airfield this mrng
> Norfolk 15 Snow Bunting Cley NWT on the beach mid mrng but mobile NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Sooty Shearwater E/past Sheringham early mrng NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle PE35 6EJ TF672278
> Norfolk Jack Snipe Nunnery Lakes at 08:20 IP24 2YW TL873822
> Norfolk Swallow Horsey over Horsey Corner at 14:15 NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Swallow Sea Palling at 11:00 s/over cottages towards village NR12 0UX TG419252