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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.

Thursday 14th September 2017

Seawatching was the focus of attention today with a nice variety during the course of the day. The following were recorded between 8.45am and 2.35pm; 53 Pink-feet, 44 Wigeon, 145 Teal, 6 Tufted Ducks, 2 Eiders, 522 Common Scoters, 2 Red-throated Divers, 3 Fulmars, 40 Manx Shearwaters, 139 Gannets, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Pom Skuas, 21 Arctic Skuas, 199 Great Skuas, 1 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot, 1 juv Black Tern, 54 Sandwich Terns, and 2 Common Terns. 150 House Martins were in the village early morning, a Merlin came in off the sea, and 2 Short-eared Owls were hunting lavender marsh on the NWT reserve.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Pom Skua flew west past Weybourne Camp 7.05-10.05am
Norfolk 4.Sooty S'waters flew past Happisburgh
Norfolk 3.Sooty S'waters flew past Sheringham +Velvet Scoter Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Black Tern flew east past Hunstanton 9am-2pm
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew north past Winterton at c3.15pm
Norfolk Pec Sand Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 2.57pm
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew north past Winterton Beach at 1.20pm. 2.Leach's Petrels flew past at 7.10am
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT +Spoonbill
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB by offices at 11.30am only [heard only]
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew past Sheringham this morning +Black Tern
Norfolk lift offered to Barra tomorrow evng 2.places tel.Rob 01603-219119
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas flew past Holme in 2hrs (+2.Velvet Scoters)
Norfolk dead Manx S'water Thorpe-next- Haddiscoe on road