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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 23rd August 2017

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Osprey between Strumpshaw Fen RSPB +Rockland Broad at 5.34pm
Norfolk Osprey between Buckenham Marshes RSPB +Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 5.20pm
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills flew west over Cley NWT at 4.31pm
Norfolk probable Grey-headed Wagtail male Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 4.54pm tho distant PE31 8BB
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Hen Harrier Blakeney Point still
Norfolk Pied Fly Salthouse at Gramborough Hill +Whinchat. Walk east from north end of Beach Road TG.085.441
Norfolk 28.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen +ringtail Hen Harrier. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red-ringed) Hickling Broad NWT still 3.37pm at Rush Hill Scrape. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk E to church,N along Church Ln to bend then east on track,north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk Common Crane flew over Salthouse Heath at 3pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme Dunes NWT still early a'noon +Wood Sand Little Stint 2.Spoonbills
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red-ringed) Hickling Broad NWT still 2.27pm at Rush Hill Scrape. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk E to church,N along Church Ln to bend then east on track,north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk Common Crane ad Glandford circled over Cley Spy at 2.20pm then appeared to land in Bayfield Estate along River Glaven
Norfolk Purple Sand Thornham Point at 10am with Turnstones
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red-ringed) Hickling Broad NWT still 12.10pm at Rush Hill Scrape (+Little Stint). Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk E to church,N along Church Ln to bend then east on track,north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB at 11.52am
Norfolk Pied Fly Blakeney Point in plantation at 11.33am
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red-ringed) Hickling Broad NWT still 11.23am at Rush Hill Scrape.Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk E to church,N along Church Ln to bend then east on track,north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Burnham Overy Staithe at 10.15am
Norfolk Pied Fly Titchwell RSPB at sea end of path near pillbox at 9.43am
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh
Norfolk no sign of ad.Caspian Tern Breydon Water at 9.05am (last seen at Breydon Water at 7.35am, report at 9am was erroneous)
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad Hickling Broad NWT again at Rush Hill Scrape at 9am. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk E to church,N along Church Ln to bend then east on track,north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red ringed) Breydon Water still 9am on tern raft
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still north of duckpond at 9am NR25 7XG
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red ringed) Breydon Water still at east end
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still +2.Spotted Redshanks