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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.

Wednesday 15th February 2017

Once again most of the interesting birds were on the sea with at least 100 Long-tailed Ducks, 4 Scaup, 3 Great Northern Divers and a Slavonian Grebe. Around 500 Pink-feet were on the grazing Marsh with two White-fronts, and the flock of around 35 Snow Buntings remained at Gore Point.

Roosting Tawny Owl found high in the tree tops enjoying the sun - Holme Bird Obs, February 2017

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Winterton North Dunes by 1st groyne on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Adult Male Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Marshes NR31 9HZ TM451979
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Thetford at Burrell Way mid mrng IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk 117 Tundra Bean Goose Breydon Water S/of South Wall just W/of Humberstone Farm late a'noon NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose Cley NWT late a'noon + Pink-footed Goose NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 24 Shorelark Holkham Gap Norfolk Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB at 17:10 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 35 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum late a'noon in roost IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk Water Pipit Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Brancaster Staithe showing well in channel late a'noon PE31 8BJ TF794442
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Felbrigg Hall NT in silver birch on edge of Old Deer Park NR11 8PR Norfolk 4 Scaup Holme Dunes NWT offshore
Norfolk No Sign of Black-necked Grebe Thorpe Marshes at St.Andrew's Broad NR14 6PY TM441985
Norfolk 35 Snow Bunting Gore Point Norfolk 3 Scaup King's Lynn at Saddle Brow PE30 2QA TF631204
Norfolk 166 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Blakeney Freshmarsh mid mrng + Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 100 Long-tailed Duck Holme next the Sea + Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Northern Diver & 2 Eurasian White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 26 Snow Bunting Winterton-on-Sea on North Beach
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on Volunteer Marsh late mrng PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Black-throated Diver Holme-next-the Sea at 09:05 on the sea TF717450
Norfolk 2 Slavonian Grebe Thornham Point + Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 114 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore + 72 Velvet Scoter & Water Pipit at Thornham Pool PE31 8BB TF759436