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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 23rd October 2017

Highlights included 50 Brent Geese, 600 Pink-feet, 5 Buzzards, 2 Water Rails, 60+ Lapwing, 150+ Black-tailed Godwits, 40 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5 Jays, 7+ Bearded Tits, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 60 Blackbirds, 15 Song Thrushes, 36 Redwings, 3 Stonechats, 12 Rock Pipits, 1 Water Pipit (trapped and ringed), 5 Bramblings, 2 Bullfinches, 3 Redpolls, 6 Siskins and 15 Reed Buntings. On the sea 150 Common Scoters, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Fulmar, 35 Gannets and 13 Great Crested Grebes were noted.

Comma, Red Admiral and Small Copper butterflies were seen during the day, and several Common Darters were still on the wing. A Black Rustic and a Beaded Chestnut were in the moth trap.


Water Pipit ringed at Holme Bird Obs today.


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Norfolk Minke Whale north past Hemsby mid a'noon tho distant
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton North Beach at 3pm with Linnets (+Purple Sand)
Norfolk Hen Harrier Morston Quay mid a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB at Meadow Trail still this a'noon
Norfolk Snow Bunting male Cart Gap at 1.55pm
Norfolk Scaup juv Holkham Park still on lake this a'noon
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Hopton-on-Sea this morning +Short-eared Owl flew in off sea
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Pool at 11.35am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley NWT in beach car park briefly
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas flew past Winterton by 11.20am (+drk.Long-tailed Duck Short-eared Owl flew in off sea)
Norfolk Hawfinch flew south over Fakenham late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park in conservation area at 9.50am then flushed
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB at East Trail still. 4.Little Stints still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Great Yarmouth Bird Club meet tonight at Comfort Hotel, opposite Wellington Pier, Great Yarmouth from 7.30pm featuring 'Around The Horn' with Bob Cobbold. All welcome
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still in Eye Field at 11.05am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1/2ml NNE of Kelling still north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow at north end of copse by metal gate at 9am TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk 19.Hawfinches flew over Hunstanton Cliffs by 9am