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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 5th September 2017

A Blustery and at times damp day though this seemingly didn't deter a small passage of Swallows and House Martins west along the coast during the day, with at least ten Swifts in amongst them. On the Sea the Common Scoter flock has increased to around 300 birds with at least four Scaup found in amongst them, the group of five Eider were recorded again as well. A juvenile Black Tern was a nice surprise flying west along the shoreline early morning and a Great White Egret was again on the NWT pools along with a Short-eared Owl hunting near Lavender Marsh.

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Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER y'day past Sea Palling
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk Dotterel juv still 2.13pm Cley NWT on beach 200yds west of north end of East Bank NR25 7SA
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NWT north of car park mid a'noon +showing well
Norfolk Whinchat Cley NWT on fence 300yds east of north end of East Bank this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands y'day Wells on floods west of caravan site
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills y'day Warham Greens
Norfolk Dotterel juv still 1.28pm Cley NWT on beach 200yds west of north end of East Bank
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Titchwell RSPB in car park this morning
Norfolk Dotterel juv still 1pm Cley NWT on beach 200yds west of north end of East Bank (2.Spoonbills on The Serpentine)
Norfolk Dotterel juv still 12.26pm Cley NWT on beach 200yds west of north end of East Bank
Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Norton. juv.Curlew Sand on pool by sea wall
Norfolk Dotterel juv Cley NWT on beach 200yds west of north end of East Bank at 11.49am
Norfolk Barred Wblr Winterton North Dunes 1.5mls north of beach road by pine plantation gate. possible Wryneck by gate 1/2ml north of beach road
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills y'day Cley NWT in a'noon
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills y'day Cley NWT
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water at east end
Norfolk no sign of ad.White-winged Black Tern 1ml ENE of Rockland St.Mary at Rockland Broad by 8am (but Osprey still) NR14 7HP