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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.

Wednesday 18th October 2017

The Yellow-browed Warbler was again by the observatory early morning and it our another  around the rear of the NWT car park mid afternoon. Two Scaup were on the Broadwater, a Ring Ouzel in the dunes, a imm Arctic Tern on the beach and a Kingfisher around the Broadwater. A small arrival of finches and thrushes today included 50 Brambling, 200 Redwing, 30 Song Thrush, 15 Siskin, 10 Redpoll and two Fieldfare. at least nine Swallows and one House Martin were also recorded.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Beeston Bump along track by caravan park at 4.03pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Wells Woods over fields behind caravan site
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Caister still on beach near Haven holiday camp at 11.10am TG.524.130
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB at Fen Trail
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham just east of Beeston Bump still 12.35pm in sycamores by railway crossing tho elusive
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 11.30am then flew north
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly 1.25mls NNW of Wells at Wells Woods behind caravan park by path 50yds from wooden bridge at 10.30am (Y-br.Wblr on east side of The Dell) NR23 1DR
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme NOA still early morning. 2.Scaup on The Broadwater
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham SE of Beeston Bump in hedge by campsite +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew north past Winterton at 9.15am
Norfolk Black Guillemot y'day flew past Happisburgh midday-2pm +3+Little Gulls