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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.

Monday 16th October 2017

A calm start with winds increasing during the morning, but plenty more migrants, including 1800 Pink-feet, 45 Wigeon west, 5 Great White Egrets reported heading west, a Water Rail calling, 200 Golden Plover and 12 Ruff, 2 Tawny Owls, a male Hen Harrier, a Merlin, 2 Cetti's Warblers, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 10 Blackcaps, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8,000+ Starlings west, 20 Blackbirds, 10 Song Thrushes, 120 Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, 12 Robins, a Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail, 30 Meadow Pipits, 20 Rock Pipits, 8 Bramblings, 150 Chaffinches, 7 Redpolls, 4 Siskins, a Yellowhammer and 30 Reed Buntings.

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Norfolk 9.Common Cranes flew west over Holme NWT then flew south 12.20pm-12.35pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Park at 12.10pm +juv.Osprey still
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 12.50pm
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes Snettisham flew south over A149 at 1.08pm
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes flew SW over Titchwell RSPB at 12.25pm
Norfolk 7.Common Cranes West Lynn flew west over St.Peter's Street at 11.55am
Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Park still 11.25am
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew east past Cley at 11.22am
Norfolk no sign of Taiga Bean Goose Burnham Overy in stubble field north of A149 layby with Pink-footed Geese (nor juv.Greenland White-fronted Goose)
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets flew NW over Holme at 8am
Norfolk no sign of Great Grey Shrike just north of Happisburgh near end of Blacksmiths Lane at old Coastwatch site by 10.15am
Norfolk Hooded Crow Horsey between Nelson Head track +Horsey Gap car park
Norfolk Hen Harrier fem Hunstanton flew south into The Wash
Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew flew over Holme Dunes towards village at 7.20am
Norfolk Barred Warbler still Trimingham on clifftop near pottery tho elusive
Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Park still tho mobile
Norfolk 9.Great White Egrets flew west over Holkham
Norfolk 1+Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB along Fen Trail at 9.08am +Hawfinch flew over
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Burnham Overy Staithe at 8.35am
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant again 2.5mls NNE of Docking at Choseley in field SW of Choesley Farm 8am-8.45am then flew south with Pink-footed Geese TF.751.401
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets flew west over Sheringham at 7.38am