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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 1st September 2016

A seawatch today produced 4 Teal, 180 Common Scoters, 5 Fulmars, 31 Gannets, an Arctic Skua, 45 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern. Over 80 Teal were around the grazing marsh, and waders included an Avocet, 2 Snipe and 2 Greenshank. A Whinchat was in the dunes and 2 Stonechats were at the Observatory briefly, while early morning at least 2 Grey Wagtails flew over calling.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 27 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB this evng PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Wryneck Beeston Common at 18:30 behind pillbox NR26 8RX TG165425
Norfolk 17 Spoonbill Morston Quay at 08:30 NR25 7DJ TG01144
Norfolk Wryneck Beeston Common late a/noon near pillbox but elusive NR26 8RX TG165425 Norfolk Immature Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 16:15 from Tower Hide showing well NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk Wryneck Sheringham 14:00 at Beeston Bump in bushes S/of of pit but elusive NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk Wryneck Reedham briefly in a private garden this mrng
Norfolk Wryneck Beeston Common in scrub behind pillbox at 10:50 NR26 8RX TG165425
Norfolk Immature Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 10:35 from Tower Hide + Garganey from Reception Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk 1st Winter Caspian Gull Gorleston-on-Sea at 09:45 on beach NR31 6PL TG532036
Norfolk Whinchat Holme NWT TF715449
Norfolk 8 Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT this evng on North Scrape + 2 Little Stint, 5 Curlew Sandpiper & Whinchat on beach NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Black Redstart Blakeney Point by lifeboat station at 15:45 NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Osprey Norwich over market early a/noon NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk 2 Whinchat Snettisham Coastal Park TF648335
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Winterton Dunes NNR off c/pk at 15:45 NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Osprey N/of Coltishall NE/over Little Hautbois at 12:20
Norfolk 2 Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT at 11:30 on North Scrape + 2 Little Stint & 5 Curlew Sandpiper NR25 7SA TG049441