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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 9th September 2017

Seawatching today produced a single Barnacle Goose west (unknown origin), 103 Common Scoters, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 80 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas, 60 Sandwich Terns, and 32 Common Terns.

High tides produced some impressive counts at Gore Point including 500 Oystercatchers, 400 Grey Plover, 2000 Bar-tailed Godwits and 5000 Knot.

Also of interest were 6 Black-tailed Godwits on the grazing marsh, a Green Sandpiper flying east, 2 Greenshank in Thornham Harbour, 2 Swifts, a Hobby, 2 Stonechats and 4 Wheatears along Thornham Bank, and the passage of House Martins and Swallows continued with 63 and 70 respectively counted during the day.

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Norfolk 9.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still +Short-eared Owl over saltmarsh this morning
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water off North Wall
Norfolk Pec Sand juv Potter Heigham Marshes still this a'noon (4.Wood Sands 8.Garganey). Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still 2.24pm Snettisham Coastal Park at north end near tents
Norfolk Common Crane Potter Heigham Marshes at 7.15am. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Little Stint Breydon Water at east end early morning
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still 10.50am Snettisham Coastal Park at north end near tents
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still Snettisham Coastal Park at north end near tents at 9.45am (+Whinchat