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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.

Monday 29th February 2016

A gorgeous spring like day, which saw singing Skylarks and sky dancing Marsh Harriers. Birds of note included Barn, Tawny and Short-eared Owls, the latter adjacent to the entrance track, a Bittern, and Brambling and Siskins around the pines. A Greenshank was on the Lavender Marsh and a Jack Snipe at Redwell Marsh.


Short-eared Owl along the entrance track - Holme Birds Obs, February 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk No Sign of Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB by 10:40 but Jack Snipe present NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Adult White Stork (Polish ringed) Welney WWT this a/noon from Friends Hide PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike just E/of Grime's Graves at 13:15 in sheep field + 2 Common Crossbill over TL815900
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike NE/of Santon Downham at Santon Warren 11:50 by St.Helen's picnic site IP27 0TS TL833873
> Norfolk Great White Egret Snettisham RSPB at 12:50 on saltmarsh at S/end TF650328
> Norfolk Spoonbill E/over Cley NWT at 11:45 + Water Pipit salthouse in field E/over Iron Road this mrng & 7 Twite at N/end NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 7 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh at 11:00 by NT gate on fence by bend in sea wall + 30 Twite
> Norfolk White Stork (Polish ringed) SE/over Downham Market at 10:50