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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.

Friday 20th October 2017

Migration continued today but dropped off during the afternoon; highlights included 2 Swallows, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 2,500+ Starlings, 50 Blackbirds, 2 Fieldfares, 8 Song Thrushes, 15 Redwings, 2 Stonechats, 4 Tree Sparrows, 30 Meadow Pipits, 6 Rock Pipits, 2 Bramblings, 60 Chaffinches, a single Greenfinch, Redpoll and Siskin, 4 Yellowhammers, and a Richard's Pipit west over Gore Point. At least 3 Crossbills were in the pines with 2 showing well above the Observatory building during the morning.

Red Admiral, Large White and Wall Brown were all seen during the day.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton below Hermanus Restaurant at 1.15pm
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands 1/2ml NNE of Kelling still north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow mid a'noon +Arctic Skua briefly TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk Black Redstart Glandford again 1.50pm on converted barn between gallery +Cley Spy tho elusive
Norfolk 4.Little Stints Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines in oak between Meals House +Joe Jordan Hide at 1.27pm
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Wells at Well Harbour at 11am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham NNR from Washington Hide at 12.53pm
Norfolk Black Redstart Glandford on barns between gallery +Cley Spy at 12.10pm
Norfolk Northern Bullfinch 1.25mls NNW of Wells at Wells Woods on south side of The Dell at 11.55am then flew towards caravan park +Firecrest NR23 1DR
Norfolk Black Redstart Hunstanton on Coastguard Cottages opposite Old Lighthouse at 10.54am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes on wooden post west of orange diamond sign then flew south
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton in South Valley at 10am then flew west
Norfolk 20.Common Crane Horsey flew over Horsey Mill at 11.45am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Warham Greens still late morning on saltmarsh north of pit with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Park still at north end of lake at 10.52am
Norfolk Firecrest Waxham just south of Shangri-la Chalet
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Breydon Water at east end +2.Short-eared Owls
Norfolk Black Brant ad Warham Greens on saltmarsh (+Y-br.Wblr)
Norfolk Continental Coal Tit Old Hunstanton at Le Strange Arms Hotel
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey Campsite Wood