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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.

Sunday 13th March 2016

On the sea today 2 Eiders, 500 Common Scoters, 1 drake Goldeneye, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Fulmar and 8 Great Crested Grebes were seen. Also of interest were 8 Avocets, a Peregrine, 5 Siskins, and curiously a female House Sparrow! A Grey Shoulder-knot and two March Moths were around the moth trap.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 16:36 in centre NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Drake Green-winged Teal Cantley Beet Factory NR13 3JA TG389037
> Norfolk Common Crane Colney GPs circling at 15:50
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns E/over fields at 15:15 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh + 60 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Common Crane E/over Titchwell RSPB at 14:32 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves mid a/noon W/of entrance track TL815900
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns in field at 13:40 then flew/E PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Drake Green-winged Teal Cantley Marshes RSPB late mrng TG378039
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves at 11:15 W/of entrance track TL815900
> Norfolk 13 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh at NT gate by bend in sea wall + Pale-bellied Brent Goose on saltmarsh
> Norfolk Drake Green-winged Teal Cantley Marshes RSPB at 09:43 S/of pumphouse TG378039
> Norfolk 7 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh at NT Gate by bend in sea wall