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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 19th August 2016

On the sea today 80 Common Scoters, 11 Gannets, 68 Sandwich Terns, and 51 Common Terns were counted, together with a small movement of ducks with 11 Teal and 3 Wigeon passing offshore. Of note on the marshes were 17 Black-tailed Godwits, 6+ Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank, while other migrants included Turtle Dove and juvenile Cuckoo, 7 Willow Warblers, 5 Blakcaps, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 8 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge Warblers, 7 Reed Warblers, 5 Whinchats, 2 Stonechats, 3 Wheatears on the coastal footpath towards Thornham, and 7 Yellow Wagtails passing over calling.

Juvenile Cuckoo on east bank - Holme Bird Obs, August 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Wryneck Hemsby this a/noon NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike West Runton 19:45 on clifftop by hide Woodhill Park (new bird)
Norfolk Wryneck Sidestrand this mrng NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 17:10 from Washington Hide NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Snettisham RSPB + Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper & Little Tern TF650328 Norfolk 14 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 7 Pied Flycatcher West Runton by clifftop c/pk at 18:30
Norfolk 4 Pied Flycatcher Salthouse this evng NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Titchwell RSPB by Fen Hide + Black Tern offshore & Little Stint on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 4 Pied Flycatcher Happisburgh mid a/noon, 3 at Cart Gap & 1 between cricket club & pillbox + 2 Whinchat NR12 0PR TG384309
Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Winterton North Dunes late a/noon NR29 4BQ TG496198 Norfolk 26 Pied Flycatcher 1.5mls NNE/of Wells at East Hills this a/noon + 3 Redstart & 3 Whinchat TF924456 Norfolk 32 Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 27 Curlew Sandpiper (1 Adult + 26 Juvenile) Cley NWT late a/noon on Pat's Pool NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT on North Scrape at 11:00 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Pied Flycatcher Great Yarmouth Cemetery in North Section NR30 1DW TG526082 Norfolk 2 Whinchat Horsey + Redstart NR29 4EP TG477228 Norfolk 5 Whinchat Holme Dunes NNR on lavender marsh at 11:00
Norfolk 2 Whinchat Beeston Bump in scrub S/of pit at 11:28 NR26 8DB TG167432
Norfolk Whinchat Winterton North Dunes + 3 Redstart NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water early mrng NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Juvenile Black Tern off Cley Beach c/pk 10:05 to !0:08 then flew NW/ NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Whinchat Kelling Water Meadows + Turtle Dove NR25 7ED TG095436
Norfolk Turtle Dove Tivetshall St.Mary at 08:15 Norfolk Little Gull Sheringham by Funky Mackerel Cafe NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk 3rd Summer Curlew Sandpiper Cley NWT at 08:00 on Pat's Pool + Wood Sandpiper on Simmond's Scrape NR25 7SA TG049441