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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 3rd November 2016

A good day with a visible arrival of thrushes. Highlights included a Long-tailed Duck, 580 Common Scoters, 3 Goldeneye, 3 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes, a Great Skua, 1 Little Auk and an Arctic Tern on the seawatch, while a Cetti's Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 250 Blackbirds, 60 Fieldfares, 120 Redwings, 6 Rock Pipits, 2 Bramblings and 2 Siskins were recorded. A flock of 55 Waxwings were in the area near the paddock at Redwell Marsh.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes late a/noon just SE/og Gun Hill Gun Hill PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes just SE/of Gun Hill this mrng + 29 Waxwing over PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Little Auk off Weybourne on sea at 15:15 NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk 12 Little Auk W/past Kelling between 10:15 & midday + Snow Bunting NR25 7ED TG095436
Norfolk 51 Shorelark E/of Holkham Gap at 15:10
Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Cley NWT this evng on North Scrape NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Little Auk Gorleston-on-Sea on sea by breakwater NR31 6PL TG532036
Norfolk 31 Shorelark 1ml E/of Holkham Gap Norfolk 2 Little Auk Breydon Water at Breydon Bridge then flew N/with Starlings NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Little Auk N/past Great Yarmouth between 11:45 & 12:30 NR30 1EB TG531078
Norfolk 6 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Harbour at E/end on saltmarsh N/of Blakeney Bank + 22 Snow Bunting Blakeney Freshes TG028441
Norfolk Little Auk W/past Titchwell RSPB at 12;45 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 4 Little Auk W/past Cley Beach c/pk at 11:37 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 7 Little Auk N/past Horsey NR29 4EP TG477228
Norfolk 19 Little Auk Past Cley NWT + 2 Snow Bunting by beach c/pk NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Shorelark W/past Sidestrand at 07:40 + Little Auk on the sea NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Little Auk W/past Sheringham at 08:38 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 2 Little Auk W/past Overstrand by 08:00 NR27 0PF TG246410