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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 7th November 2016

Another day of northerlies with seawatching producing 250 Brent Geese, 3 Shelduck, 63 Eiders, 3 Long-tailed Ducks, 250 Common Scoters, 1 Velvet Scoter, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 18 Gannets, 10 Great Crested Grebes, a Purple Sandpiper west along the shore, single Pom and Arctic Skuas, a Little Auk, 3 Guillemots, and 15 Kittiwakes recorded. Many of the Waxwings looked to have moved on but at least one was still around the NWT reserve though mobile.

Two Common Darters appeared in the sunshine during the afternoon

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes at 11:00 on S/side of Gun Hill near ruin PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk 2 Little Auk off Weybourne + Slavonian Grebe NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk 4 Little Auk nW/past Sidestrand between 07:15 & 10:00 + Pomarine Skua & Drake Scaup NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk 6 Little Auk past Cromer NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide NR23 1RN TF888439 Norfolk 5 Little Auk W/past Sheringham + Pomarine Skua past E/ NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Little Auk Weybourne in 2hrs this a/noon + Long-tailed Duck NR25 7SR TG111435 Norfolk Little Auk Titchwell RSPB on road then released offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Little Auk past Holme NOA + Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua, 3 Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter & Red-throated Diver also a Waxwing by NWT reserve TF717450
Norfolk 70 Shorelark Holkham Bay + Long-tailed Duck, 5 Velvet Scoter, 6 Bonxie & Waxwing at N/end of Lady Anne's Drive this a/noon NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 60 Shorelark at NE/end of Holkham Gap at 10:05
Norfolk 2 Little Auk past Winterton + 2 Sooty Shearwater & Scaup NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 4 Little Auk past Scratby
Norfolk Little Auk W/past Overstrand by 10:00 + Pomarine Skua & Scaup NR27 0PF TG246410 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull W/past Cley Beach c/pk between 09:00 & 10:00 + 3 Little Auk NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 4 Little Auk past Sheringham + Velvet Scoter, 2 Long-tailed Duck & 10 Little Gull NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Pomarine Skua W/past Trimingham between 07:30 & 09:00 + 3 Little Auk NR11 8EG TG279388
Norfolk 2 Little Auk W/past Cley Beach c/pk by 08:00 + Velvet Scoter, 4 Long-tailed Duck & 10 Little Gull NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Waxwing Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 09:00 in trees by feeders NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk Waxwing Holkham Pines at W/end + Firecrest
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose N/of Holkham Gap + 2 Mealy Redpoll holkham Pines by Meals House
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck past Winterton this a/noon + Velvet Scoter NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 5 Waxwing Great Yarmouth on Blackfriars Road opposite flats in trees on green by town wall at 15:15 NR30 1EB TG531078
Norfolk Waxwing Sheringham in garden this a/noon NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 4 Purple Sandpiper 1/2ml S/of Waxham on rock groynes + 10 Snow Bunting thru N/ NR12 0DZ TG440261
Norfolk 10 Waxwing Holt at 14:15 by junction of A148 & Kerridge Way showing well NR25 6SP TG082375
Norfolk Waxwing Holme Dunes NNR at 12:40 but mobile
Norfolk 9 Waxwing Ingoldsthorpe at top of Hill Road at 11:45
Norfolk 3 Waxwing over Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Ranworth Broad NWT NR13 6HS TG358151
Norfolk 6 Waxwing Holt by junction of A148 & Valley Lane at 09:20 NR25 6SP TG082375