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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.

Saturday 14th January 2017

A beautiful day with no serious damage to report at Holme following yesterday's high tide. Highlights were the drake Ferruginous Duck which was again on the Broadwater, 3+ Tundra Bean Geese, 11 White-fronts, a drake Common Scoter also on the Broadwater, 130 Golden Plover, Merlin and Peregrine hunting, and at least 3 Stonechats. Four Bearded Tits were still in the reeds around the Broadwater. A Barn Owl was hunting out towards Thornham.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT tho distant from Friend's Hide at 15:30 PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk 2 Tundra Bean Goose Downham Market S/of Wissington beet factory E/of College Road at 16:00
Norfolk 4 Glaucous Gull flew W/past Sheringham this a/noon NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose Holme-next-the Sea on grazing marsh + 1000 Pink-footed Goose & 11 White-fronted Goose TF717450
Norfolk 34 Shorelark Brancaster on beach PE31 8AW TF772438
Norfolk 1st Winter Caspian Gull Thetford on roof off Burrell Way IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull Thetford at 14:35 off Burrell Way on roof by Howdens joinery. + JUV Glaucous Gull IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk Drake Ferruginous Duck Holme NOA on Broadwater early a/noon, viewable from the obs or coastal path to Thornham + Common Scoter, 2 Tundra Bean Goose & 1000 Pink-footed Goose TF717450
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Thetford off Burrell Way on roof by Howdens Joinery at midday + JUV Iceland Gull IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk 2 Common Crane Acle Bridge NR13 3AS TG413116
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Overstrand at 12:15 off c/pk NR27 0PF TG246410
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate at 12:15 at edge of village TG429067 Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 12:14 + 175 White-fronted Goose NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 3 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 09:30 from railway platform then flew/E + Ringtail Hen Harrier briefly at 11:30 NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk No Sign of Female Ferruginous Duck Malthouse Broad, Ranworth
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Snettisham Coastal Park at 09:15 N/of crossbank TF648335
Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Thetford at 08:55 + Yellow-legged Gull IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Thetford off Burrell Way on roof by Howdens Joinery + JUV Iceland Gull IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk 2 Hen Harrier Roydon Common NWT late a/noon
Norfolk 7 Hen Harrier Warham Greens in roost NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 29 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum at 15:35 IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 2 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum near chicken enclosure + 4 Crossbill near bridge IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk Redhead Smew Filby Broad this a/noon NR29 3HH TG461136
Norfolk Hooded Crow Mautby TG488118
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Sheringham mid mrng on Barford Road + Glaucous Gull flew W/along prom at 09:05 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Redhead Smew Filby Broad from viewing platform but distant NR29 3HH TG461136 Norfolk 19 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB offshore + 2 Long-tailed Duck & Scaup PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle on N/side by "give way" sign by A149 PE35 6EJ TF672278