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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.

Tuesday 19th September 2017

After a grey start, a warm and sunny day, the latter conditions producing an impressive 'kettle' of  25 Common Buzzards and a Red Kite over the southern edge of the Grazing Marsh. Sea watching early morning produced a single Manx Shearwater and Eider, two Arctic and three Great Skuas,  three Brent Geese, 41 Gannets and 630 Common Scoter. Other birds noted included two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Stonechat and two further Bonxies passing West over the Grazing Marsh at a height of several hundred metres!

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Norfolk Curlew Sand Kelling Water Meadow at 2.20pm
Norfolk Glossy Ibis on 9th September 2.5mls east of Hilgay at Wissington beet factory on lagoon. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk Cattle Egret still 2.33pm just east of Stiffkey in flooded field south of A149
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Weybourne at Weybourne Camp in willows east of mound this morning
Norfolk 7.Common Cranes (4.ads +3.juvs) y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk 9.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER juv still 12.08pm 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe south of sea wall in 80yds south of gate. Park in Burnham Overy Staithe then follow Norfolk Coast Path NE to sharp lefthand bend TF.852.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk still no further sign of Pallas's Grasshopper Wblr 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe south of sea wall nr gate by 11.45am. Park in Burnham Overy Staithe then follow Norfolk Coast Path NE to sharp lefthand bend TF.853.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly still Blakeney Point in Plantation +Y-br.Wblr still. 2.Y-br.Wblrs in tamarisk by old laboratory. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461
Norfolk again no sign of juv.Rose-coloured Starling Heacham by South Beach car par
Norfolk no sign of Arctic Warbler 1.25mls NNW of Wells at Wells Woods SW of The Dell by main track 1ml west of car park by 9.55am NR23 1DR
Norfolk no further sign of Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe south of sea wall near gate by 9.44am. Park in Burnham Overy Staithe then follow Norfolk Coast Path NE to sharp lefthand bend TF.853.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk no news on Arctic Warbler 1.25mls NNW of Wells at Wells Woods SW of The Dell by main track 1ml west of car park NR23 1DR
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Breydon Water at east end
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Breydon Water at east end
Norfolk no sign of Grey Phal Salthouse on pool just west of Gramborough Hill. Walk east from north end of Beach Road
Norfolk 8.Little Stints (all juvs) Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 8.37am
Norfolk Cattle Egret still just east of Stiffkey in flooded field south of A149 at 8.35am
Norfolk PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER still 8.18am 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe south of sea wall near gate tho elusive. Park in Burnham Overy Staithe then follow Norfolk Coast Path NE to sharp lefthand bend TF.853.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr y'day Norwich at Thorpe St.Andrew north of Waterside Cafe +just east of small lake then flew SW over car park to west of offices
Norfolk PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER still 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe south of sea wall near gate at 7.15am tho elusive. Park in Burnham Overy Staithe then follow Norfolk Coast Path NE to sharp lefthand bend TF.853.448 PE31 8J