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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 6th February 2017

40 Snow Buntings were again on the beach, and 35 Twite were seen on three occasions flying over the Observatory in both directions. 2 Stonechats were on the east bank.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult Male Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Marshes viewed from Burgh Castle this a/noon but distant NR31 9HZ TM451979
Norfolk 70 Tundra Bean Goose near Clippesby in field early mrng TM431137
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Thetford on Burrell Way IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk Adult Iceland Gull Mautby at 13:42 in pig field S/of Mautby Lodge
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Winterton Dunes NNR on beach by 1st rocks late mrng NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 33 Shorelark Holkham Bay E/of Holkham Gap at 11:00 NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Great White Egret Hockwold Washes 1/4ml W/of Washland Viewpoint at 10:50 IP26 4LQ TL727882
Norfolk 3 Common Crane Thurne Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Breydon Water at E/end flew NE/past Breydon Bridge mid mrng NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 2 Juvenile Glaucous Gull Blakeney Freshmarsh at 08:30 on marsh 400yds N/of hotel viewable from coast path at Westbury
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull W/past Sidestrand at 08:37 NR27 0LT TG265395