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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 6th October 2017

The main highlight today was a continuous arrival of Pink-feet with over 1000 birds on the grazing marsh by the end of the afternoon. Also of note were 7 Pintail west, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Pom Skuas 2 Arctic Skuas, 58 Great Skuas and an Arctic Tern at sea, while around the reserve 12 Swallows, a Cetti's Warbler, a male Stonechat, 2 Bramblings and a Siskin were of note.

Butterflies were enjoying the shelter and the sunshine with 2 Small Coppers, 2 Brown Argus, 2 Wall Brown and 8+ Red Admirals recorded.

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Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 3.40pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still 3.25pm in cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Spoonbill ad flew west past Sheringham at 3.12pm
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Heacham south of South Beach south of field opposite green shed at 3.05pm then flew north but no sign of juv.Rose-coloured Starling
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 2.55pm Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Quags (+Curlew Sand still)
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Weybourne this morning
Norfolk Black Tern flew past Sheringham this morning +Scaup
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Kelling Quags +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Grey Phal flew north past Winterton Dunes at 1.10pm (+2.Little Gulls Puffin)
Norfolk Water Pipit Thorpe-next Haddiscoe Marshes by pools at 1pm +Jack Snipe
Norfolk Red-necked Phal Kelling Quags
Norfolk no sign of Grey Phal Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 12.05pm
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 11.17am
Norfolk 9.Little Stints Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 10.15am +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 10am
Norfolk Purple Sand flew west past Cley at 8.42am
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh