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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.

Sunday 17th September 2017

A better day with a northerly breeze and sunny spells, highlights today were a Great White Egret over east, a Water Rail in the reeds, single Golden Plover and Whimbrel, a Greenshank over calling, 2 Little Stints on the NWT pools, a Short-eared Owl over lavender marsh, a Kingfisher, Hobby and Peregrine were in the area and 8 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps and a Reed Warbler were of note. A Redstart was near Redwell hide and 2 Whinchats and 6 Stonechats were also around the dunes area, with a Wheatear along the sea wall to Thornham. Two Siskins also flew over calling.

Butterflies included Small Copper, Small Heath, Speckled Wood and Painted Lady.

Wheatear at Thornham by Pete Bangs


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Norfolk Cattle Egret till 2.42pm east of Stiffkey in wet field then flew west
Norfolk Cattle Egret east of Stiffkey in wet field at 2.40pm
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Cley NWT still 2.30pm on Simmonds' Scrape (+Spoonbill)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens at north end of Garden Drove at 2.20pm (+Hen Harrier on saltmarsh)
Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER still 2.25pm Wells Woods south of main track near 1st bench beyond caravan park
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 2pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Thornham at The Green along track to Thornham Marsh at 1.50pm
Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER still 1.45pm Wells Woods south of main track near 1st bench beyond caravan park
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines 50yds west of Lady Ann's Drive in poplars this morning
Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly Trimingham near coastal path on east side of small wood in middle of field this morning TG.274.391
Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER still 12.30pm Wells Woods south of main track near 1st bench beyond caravan park +showing well
Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER still 12.15pm Wells Woods south of main track near 1st bench beyond caravan park +showing well
Norfolk Wryneck y'day Blakeney Point at Halfway House (for 3rd day)
Norfolk LANCEOLATED WARBLER on Friday Blakeney Point
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham near radar
Norfolk Little Stint Holme Dunes NWT from 1st hide +Great White Egret still
Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER Wells Woods south of main track near 1st bench beyond caravan park at 11.10am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Cley NWT still 11am on Simmonds' Scrape (+3.Little Stints)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still just west of The Dell at c10.10am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end at 9.45am (+Pied Fly)
Norfolk Purple Sand Titchwell RSPB still on Volunteer Marsh at 9.25am
Norfolk no further sign of juv.Red-necked Phal Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh mid morning
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape at 8.25am
Norfolk Black Redstart near Cockley Cley
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Island Hide at 7.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool at c7.40am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Thornham
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley NWT still on shingle 300yds east of coastguards at 7.20am