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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.

Wednesday 27th September 2017

Another day of autumn passage, highlights today were 80+ Pink-feet, 140 Brent Geese, 8 Jays, 1 Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 3+ Yellow-browed Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 15+ Song Thrush, 2 Redstarts, 4 Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail over west, 15 Meadow Pipits, 2 Rock Pipits, 1 Brambling and 12 Siskins.

In the moth traps a Pale Mottled Willow was of note.

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Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth Cemetery in NW corner of South Section
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in NW corner of South Section mid a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme at Broadwater Road
Norfolk OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT Blakeney Point at Long Hills at 1.20pm then flew south over saltmarsh (+Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) +Osprey flew over). Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls
Norfolk Osprey Stiffkey flew west over saltmarsh viewed from Campsite Wood this a'noon +Spoonbill
Norfolk no sign of Red-backed Shrike Blakeney Point in suaeda near The Hood this a'noon. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Burnham Overy Dunes +2.Pied Flys
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Warham Greens this morning
Norfolk Little Stint Breydon Water at east end
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Burnham Overy Dunes +Pied Fly Firecrest
Norfolk 23.Little Stints Cley NWT this morning +2.Curlew Sands Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 4+Y-br.Wblrs between Wells Woods +Lady Ann's Drive this morning
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Salthouse east of Iron Road mid morning
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs y'day 1.25mls SE of Waxham at Waxham Sands Holiday Park +Firecrest Short-eared Owl Purple Sand. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Winterton North Dunes. Firecrest north of East Pool at 11.25am
Norfolk Pec Sand juv Potter Heigham Marshes still 10.45am (+Little Stint). Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cley on east side by A149/ Old Woman's Lane junction early morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Salthouse 50yds south of Dun Cow pub at 11.30am
Norfolk Osprey Wells Woods flew SE over drinking pool at 11.06am
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Wells Woods just east of drinking pool at 10.29am
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike Blakeney Point in suaeda near The Hood. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy Dunes +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water at east end mid morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Kelling north of A149 in copse on right midway along Beach Lane at 9.20am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham at 8.30am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Trimingham in garden midway along disused railway mid morning [heard only]
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Happisburgh
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills flew east over Burnham Deepdale
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Trimingham
Norfolk 6.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Deepdale trapped +ringed
Norfolk possible Red-throated Pipit Salthouse flew west over Iron Road at 7.14am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr y'day Blakeney Point in suaeda at Far Point. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls