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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.

Tuesday 20th September 2016

A mixed day with a selection of the expected autumn migrants plus the arrival of some of the wintering ones. Pink-feet were more numerous today, with at least two hundred seen arriving over the wash in small numbers. A Merlin put in a brief appearance and was watched chasing Meadow Pipits on the grazing Marsh, at least three Water Rails were calling around the Broadwater, and two Kingfishers were active around there too. A Rock Pipit frequented the East Bank as did a Whinchat and a Wheatear. On the sea two Red-throated Diver, a Red Breasted Merganser and  Bonxie were noted. Other birds of note included a Black Redstart around the coal barn in Thornham Harbour, though pride of place must go to The Hoopoe seen briefly on the NWt reserve early morning.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Honey Buzzard SSW/over Sheringham at 10:20 + Lapland Bunting over W/ NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Greenish Warbler Gorleston-on-Sea this evng along Warren Lane showing well + Redstart NR31 6PL TG532036
Norfolk 10 Common Crane Hickling Broad NWT over Eastfield Road at 19:20 NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler ENE/of Stiffkey at Stiffkey Fen at 11:35 NR23 1QW TF990438 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton N/of church by pond NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton South Dunes 30yds N/of Steps NR29 4BQ TG496198 Norfolk Juvenile Dotterel Sheringham till 15:30 at W/end og golf course then flew W/ NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Blakeney at Friary Hills NT at 15:30 TG028441
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods at The Dell this a/noon NR23 1DR TF909453 Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines E/of Lady Ann's Drive by 1st bench at 15:15 Norfolk Hoopoe Holme NWT at 08:30 briefly in pines then flew towards Thornham TF715449 Norfolk Probable Honey Buzzard s/over Winterton North Dunes at 13:50 NR29 4BQ TG496198 Norfolk Lapland Bunting Waxham + Redstart at Shangri-La chalet NR12 0DZ TG440261
Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines this mrng + 2 Great White Egret on freshmarsh Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth at Bure Park near SW/corner NR30 1EB TG531078 Norfolk Great White Egret Warham Greens N/of Whirligig mid mrng NR23 1QD TF943437 Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods 08:55 at The Dell NR23 1DR TF909453 Norfolk Juvenile Dotterel Sheringham at W/end of Golf Course, viewable from Sheringham Coast Watch building at 08:30 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Hoopoe Gramborough Hill at 07:32 in off sea, flew inland & lost to view NR25 7XW TG085441
Norfolk Black Redstart Thornham Harbour TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Heacham along Fenway at rear of sewage works PE31 7AX TF663376 Norfolk Osprey Titchwell RSPB + Firecrest PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black Redstart Blakeney Point NR25 7DJ TG007464 Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Burnham Overy in harbour PE31 8JJ TF853449
Norfolk Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water RSPB NR31 9QB TG464048