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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 11th November 2017

A quiet day, highlights included a Tawny Owl calling in the pines, a Kingfisher near the Broadwater, a Cetti's Warbler near the Observatory and at least 3 Stonechats. 180+ Black-tailed Godwits and 500+ Fieldfares were feeding in fields along the ridge east of Ringstead.

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Norfolk 7.Scaup Snettisham RSPB on northernmost pit this a'noon
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Winterton North Dunes in brambles near plantation
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 2.25pm
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse still in field by Iron Road at 1.50pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Black Redstart Sheringham on esplanade by boating lake at 12.50pm
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still 1.15pm on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Salthouse flew west along beach at 1.20pm
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Holkham Pines at west end
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still midday on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Happisburgh at south end of field near track to Cart Gap late morning +Shorelark still
Norfolk Hawfinch Wymondham Abbey
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Grey Phal Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow at 9.40am then flushed
Norfolk c40.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still by beach car park
Norfolk 12.Snow Buntings Winterton
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks (1.ad.drk) Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe
Norfolk Great White Egret Norwich still at Colney GPs flew south over main pit at c8.40am
Norfolk 15.Shorelarks Happisburgh in field south of lighthouse near clifftop footpath at 8.05am
Norfolk 12+Shorelarks still Happisburgh in field south of lighthouse near clifftop footpath at 7.50am