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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.

Saturday 21st October 2017

A very rough day with winds building during the afternoon. A female Goldeneye was on the Broadwater, 2 Gannets and 2 Great Crested Grebes were noted offshore, a female Merlin was seen hunting an 3 Stonechats were near the seawatching hide.

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Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT again in Eye Field this a'noon with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Great Yarmouth South Denes
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Breydon Water still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB by visitor centre at 1.55pm with tit flock
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Thornham Point again over saltmarsh at 12.55pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1/2ml NNE of Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow at north end of copse by metal gate at 12.30pm TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk Black Redstart Weybourne Camp at 8.30am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Wells Woods in ploughed field south of caravan park at 12.35pm
Norfolk reported Desert Wheatear Thornham Point is a Wheatear
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley on Watcher's Cottage still midday
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands 1/2ml NNE of Kelling still north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow at midday +2.Spotted Redshanks still TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk Pom Skua flew past Winterton (+Black Tern)
Norfolk 7.Twite Thornham on saltmarsh
Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER Winterton flew south +landed on sea at c11.20am
Norfolk unconfirmed report of Desert Wheatear Thornham Point on beach
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley on Watcher's Cottage still 11.05am
Norfolk no sign of probable Lanceolated Warbler Thornham Point 200yds SW of old building in long grass at west end of suaeda
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley on Watcher's Cottage still 9.50am
Norfolk 6.Scaup between Hunstanton +Heacham
Norfolk 4.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley on Watcher's Cottage
Norfolk 3.Hawfinches flew east over Sidestrand