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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 5th October 2017

Strong winds swung into the west northwest direction during the morning but seawatching was not as productive as expected. Highlights were a female Scaup, 535 Common Scoters, 3 Red-throated Divers, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 75 Gannets, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Arctic Skua, 27 Great Skua, 6 Sandwich Terns and 3 Kittiwakes. Elsewhere a Kingfisher was near the sea wall at Thornham, 2 Water Rails were around the Broadwater, 10 Golden Plover were on the grazing marshes, 2 Bearded Tits were opposite the Observatory in the reeds, and 12 Swallows passed through as did a Yellow Wagtail.

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Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling juv still 3.33pm Heacham South Beach on wires opposite caravan park
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Blakeney Point flew north over boardwalk at 2.30pm
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling juv still 2.16pm Snettisham Coastal Park at north end in cattle fields near white houses
Norfolk 10+Little Stints Cley NWT still
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 1pm
Norfolk 2.Scaup flew west past Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk 21.Common Cranes Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide at 12.49pm
Norfolk 14+Common Cranes Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide at 12.06pm
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling juv again Snettisham Coastal Park in bushes between hump +green shed across channel at 11.15am tho mobile
Norfolk Pom Skua flew past Sheringham (+2.Sooty S'waters)
Norfolk Grey Phal flew north past Happisburgh at 10.05am
Norfolk Little Stint Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Washington Hide at 9am
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh