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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 9th October 2017

A day of more obvious visual migration with 46 Shelduck, 115 Wigeon, 86 Teal, 2 Eiders, 300 Common Scoters, a female Red-breasted Merganser, a Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes counted at sea. A further 250 Wigeon were moving inland, with 250 Lapwings, 150 Golden Plover, 25 Redwings, 6 Song Thrushes, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Grey Wagtails, 25 Meadow Pipits, 12 Rock Pipits,1 Swallow, 2 Bramblings, 12 Greenfinches, 28 Linnets, single Redpoll and Siskin, 15 Reed Buntings, 5 Bearded Tits and a Richard's Pipit near Thornham Harbour were also of interest.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey Campsite Wood still 2.45pm with tit flock
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands flew west past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr King's Lynn at The Walks south entrance at 2.20pm with tit flock
Norfolk Red-necked Phal Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Richard's Pipit flew west over Thornham Point at c1.40pm
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 1.40pm Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk Richard's Pipit again Titchwell RSPB flew SW over freshmarsh towards Thornham at 12.20pm
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Wells Woods on north side of The Dell 100yds east of toilet block at 12.35pm
Norfolk 2+Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth Cemetery still
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Holkham flew north over Lady Ann's Drive at 11.40am
Norfolk no sign of Grey Phal Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 11.15am
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 late morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Brancaster in garden 200yds west of White Horse pub at 10.55am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wells Woods
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods 200yds west of drinking pool at 10.30am
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Snettisham flew south over Ken Hill
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 10am Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk Hawfinch flew west over Titchwell RSPB mid morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end still 9.05am with tit flock
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still at south end of Walsey Hills NOA at 8.20am
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +2.Little Stints still
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad on Saturday Hemsby on beach +showing well
Norfolk 17.Little Stints y'day Cley NWT still in a'noon