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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.

Thursday 31st December 2015

Seawatching today produced 4 Eiders, 3 Long-tailed Ducks, 1500 Common Scoters, 1 Velvet Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 22 Red-breasted Mergansers, 33 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Fulmars, and a Guillemot. Also of note were a Peregrine, 2 Stonechats and the 3 Shorelark at Thornham Point.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water at Burgh Castle at 14:40 at W/end opposite castle TG476049
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 13:45 1/2ml E/of B1153 off Abbey Road by Abbey Farm PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water at Burgh Castle at 13:00 roosting with Redshanks, viewed from watchpoint above Glebe Marshes TG476049
> Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Burnham Overy Marshes with Pink-footed Geese TF849441
> Norfolk 2 Rough-legged Buzzard 2mls S/of Titchwell SE/of Choseley Drying Barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-rumped Swallow Burnham Deepdale over Norfolk Coastal Path & bank at midday PE31 8FB TF803442
> Norfolk 10 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Burnham Deepdale at midday PE31 8FB TF803442
> Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Cley NWT late a/noon on Pat's Pool NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard 2mls S/of Titchwell SE/of Choseley Drying Barns 14:00 in field 400ds SW/of barns showing well PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull NNW/of King's Lynn 15:00 just E/of River Great Ouse by Cross Bank Road at Fisher Fleet PE30 2QA TF631204
> Norfolk 5 Tundra Bean Goose (2 Adult + 3 Juvenile) Cley NWT late mrng with Pink-footed Geese NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham Harbour 11:00 at seaward end of Staithe Lane on beach by harbour mouth + 20 Twite by c/pk TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose Kelling late mrng in field with Pink-footed Geese NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Cattle Egret Sea Palling at 11:20 by Hickling Road in cattle field opposite Lound Cottage at midday NR12 0UX TG419252
> Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose Kelling in sugar beet field with Pink-footed Geese early mrng NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-rumped Swallow Just W/of Holkham at 09:56 by A149 near B1155 turning to Burnham Market TF884451
> Norfolk 2 Tundra Bean Goose Cley NWT till 09:57 with Pink-footed Geese then flushed NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Great Northern Diver off Holme Dunes NNR + 5 Long-tailed Duck
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB in roost this evng + Water Pipit PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 4 Purple Sandpiper Sheringham near The Funky Mackerel Cafe NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 6 Hen Harrier (2 Male + 4 Ringtail) Warham Greens in roost this evng + Short-eared Owl NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl 1/4ml W/of Morston at 15:15 NR25 7DJ TG011444
> Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle at 15:25 on N/side 150 back from stop sign PE35 6EJ TF672278
> Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle PE35 6EJ TF672278
> Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Firecrest Beeston Common this mrng NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk 4 Adult Little Gull E/past Cley Beach c/pk NR25 7SA TG049441