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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.

Thursday 26th October 2017

A busier day today with highlights including a Firecrest trapped and ringed, 70+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Spotted Redshank and 4 Ruff over the grazing marsh, 2 Cetti's Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a female Blackcap, 30 Blackbirds, 10 Song Thrushes, 35 Redwings, a Grey Wagtail, 25 Meadow Pipits, 15 Rock Pipits, 3 Bramblings, 15 Redpolls, 6 Siskins and 35 Reed Buntings.

Other ringing highlights included 3 Rock Pipits, a Chiffchaff and 5 Redpolls.

Large White and Red Admiral butterflies were still on the wing, and a Buff Footman was a surprise in the moth trap.


Firecrest ringed at HBO this morning

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Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck south of Brancaster in beet field by Mill Road with 2,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Aylmerton in hawthorn hedge north of common
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +2.Little Stints
Norfolk Black Redstart Great Yarmouth North Denes. Curlew Sand Breydon Water
Norfolk Black Redstart Great Yarmouth North Denes. Curlew Sand Breydon Water
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley in beach car park at 2.58pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton North Beach still 2.58pm between red markers 1/2ml north of car park
Norfolk 15.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Snow Bunting Snettisham RSPB between 2nd +3rd hide at 2.29pm
Norfolk Snow Bunting Horsey in dunes by Crinkle Gap at 11.05am
Norfolk Black Redstart Heacham South Beach near chalets
Norfolk 4.Little Stints 1/2ml NNE of Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk 3.Little Stints 1/2ml NNE of Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow +Curlew Sand Spotted Redshank Jack Snipe TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk 19.Hawfinches flew over Titchwell RSPB by 10.30am +Great White Egret flew east
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR still from Lady Anne's Drive at 10.49am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton North Beach still near marker.40 at 10.20am
Norfolk Hawfinch Whitlingham Ctry Park flew north over west end of Great Broad at 8.02am
Norfolk 9.Hawfinches flew over Denver Sluice
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Trimingham in clifftop scrub near bench
Norfolk 14.Hawfinches flew over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Sabine's Gull juv flew west past Sheringham at 8.10am