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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.

Friday 22nd September 2017

A beautiful sunny day with a light westerly breeze, highlights today included a Slavonian Grebe off Gore Point, a ring-tail Hen Harrier west over the grazing marsh, 2 Little Stints on the beach, 3 Black-tailed Godwits along the edge of Broadwater, a single Ruff, a Short-eared Owl hunting lavender marsh, a Kingfisher, 3 Bearded Tits in the reeds on the southern edge of Broadwater, 24 Swallows, a Cetti's Warbler, and single Stonechat and Wheatear in the dunes.

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Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv between Cley +Salthouse still 2.45pm at Sea Pool
Norfolk still no further sign of juv.Pallas's Grasshopper Wblr 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe by 1.30pm. Park in Burnham Overy Staithe then follow Norfolk Coast Path NE to sharp lefthand bend TF.853.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Osprey Felbrigg Hall NT over lake at 2pm then flew NW
Norfolk White Stork (unringed) NNE of Long Stratton still just WSW of Stratton St.Michael at 2.04pm. View from footpath off Fairfield Close TM.203.935
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still at picnic area at 1.10pm
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Holme at Gore Point on beach at 1pm
Norfolk no further sign of juv.Pallas's Grasshopper Wblr 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe by 12.25pm. Park in Burnham Overy Staithe then follow Norfolk Coast Path NE to sharp lefthand bend TF.853.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Woodlark Sheringham flew east over Beeston Common at 9.10am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv between Cley +Salthouse at Sea Pool at 10.30am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme at Lavender Marsh
Norfolk 4.Little Stints Cley NWT on North Scrape +3.Curlew Sands. 6.Spoonbills towards Blakeney Marsh
Norfolk 2.Great Northern Divers Titchwell RSPB offshore at 10.10am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water +2.Curlew Sands 2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER still 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe along track 60yds south of gate briefly 9.40am. Park in Burnham Overy Staithe then take Norfolk Coast Path NE to sharp L bend. Keep to path TF.852.448
Norfolk Slav Grebe Holme on sea off Gore Point at 9am
Norfolk Serin Heacham flew south over South Beach at 7.37am then flew north at 8.15am