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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 7th October 2017

Another day dominated by westerlies, with rain during the morning and again in the afternoon. On the sea a single Velvet Scoter was with 1000+ Common Scoters, and 2 Red-throated Divers, 5 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe and 3 Sandwich Terns were also noted. A flock of 650+ Pink-feet gathered on the grazing marsh during the day, and at Thornham 2 Kingfishers and 2 Spotted Redshank were of note. Other birds of interest today included 18 Snipe, a single Swallow, a Cetti's Warbler, a Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail flew over calling, as did 2 Rock Pipits, and a Lapland Bunting over Thornham. Two Yellowhammers were present briefly near the car par hide.

At Redwell Marsh a single Fieldfare was in the hedge, with 4 Ruff and 106 Black-tailed Godwits also of interest.

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Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling juv still Heacham South Beach on wires late morning but no sign at 12.35pm
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still 12.50pm east of north end of East Bank in NE corner of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 12.45pm Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow (+Snow Bunting flew west)
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still 12.40pm in cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT till 11.55am east of north end of East Bank on Arnold's Marsh then flew west +may have landed on North Scrape
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still 10.30am east of north end of East Bank on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 10.40am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 9.50am Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk no sign of juv.Rose-coloured Starling Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still 8.50am east of north end of East Bank on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Spoonbill King's Lynn flew east over Gaywood Park at 7.30am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal again Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still east of north end of East Bank on Arnold's Marsh at 7.30am