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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.

Wednesday 13th January 2016

Highlights today were 2 Greenshanks near Gore Point, a Woodcock over the Observatory, 3 Snipe from the Car Park Hide, at least 1 Barn Owl hunting, the Shorelark were again at Thornham Point but mobile, a Cetti's Warbler was calling from near the Obs, 3 Stonechats were along the coastal footpath, and 28 Twite again at Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 09:45 showing well at Abbey Farm PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Hillington at 08:25 S/of A148 between here & Harpley as viewed from layby
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham e/of B1153 off Abbey Road over Abbey Farm PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk 2 Caspian Gull East Winch on field by riding stables at 11:30
> Norfolk 14 Tundra Bean Goose Cley NWT off Old Womans Lane late a/noon + 3000 Pink-footed Goose & 7 White-fronted Goose NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Brancaster in pines by B1153 opposite Field House Farm then flew/W PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Pines at 12:49 on pools at W/end as viewed from A149
> Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Great Yarmouth on roofs near Beaconsfield football pitches NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham RSPB + 2 Snow Bunting on the beach TF650328
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Holme Dunes NWT at 11:15 by Thornham Harbour mouth
> Norfolk No Sign of Cattle Egret East Walton in donkey paddock along Church Lane by Abbey Farm
> Norfolk Little Auk W/past Sheringham at 09:10 NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Great Yarmouth on Beaconsfield football pitches NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Great Northern Diver Blakeney Harbour this mrng TG028441
> Norfolk 3 Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor briefly in a garden at 14:30 NR21 9GN TF901303
> Norfolk 18 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 20 Snow Bunting Holkham Gap on beach e/of gap
> Norfolk 2 Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 28 Twite Thornham Harbour in the harbour TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk 6 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Nunnery Lakes at 13:45 IP24 2YW TL873822
> Norfolk 7 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Horsey S/of Horsey Mill NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk 16 Snow Bunting Winterton Dunes NNR north of beach car park NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Weybourne at pumping station on west side of Beach Lane 250m north of A149 NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Waxwing Trimingham E/mid mrng + Bonxie offshore NR11 8EG TG279388
> Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle PE35 6EJ TF672278