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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.

Tuesday 7th November 2017

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew east past Warham Pits at 11.30am
Norfolk Richard's Pipit flew south over Hunstanton (+Crossbill Snow Bunting Hen Harrier Great White Egret)
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Cley NWT at this morning. 40.Snow Buntings flew east behind Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad Burnham Overy Marshes viewed from A149 layby late morning tho distant +ad.Taiga Bean Goose still with Greylags (+1w.Russian White-fronted Goose)
Norfolk Greenland White-fronted Goose juv 1.25mls NE of Stanhoe between Muckleton +Shammer at 10.05am with 3,850 Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell still at Choseley in 2nd field south of drying barns at 1.10pm then flew north with 350.Golden Plovers +appeared to land
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still by A149 at 12.45pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still 11.55am. From East Bank car park walk east along Attenborough Walk for 400yds to view small pool (2.Little Stints from Babcock Hide)
Norfolk 3.Purple Sands Sheringham on rocks opposite Wee Retreat at 8.50am +showing well
Norfolk Cattle Egret still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149 at 9.30am
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks (1.ad.drk) Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still. From East Bank car park walk east along Attenborough Walk for 400yds to view small pool
Norfolk 6+Twite Thornham Harbour 150yds along sea wall at 9.40am
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches flew west over Titchwell RSPB 7.15-8.45am
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks still Happisburgh in field by cliff 1ml south of car park at 9.20am. Lapland Bunting still on path
Norfolk Purple Sand Walcott
Norfolk Ring Ouzel 1w.male South Creake at Bloodgate Hill Fort at 8.34am
Norfolk 1+Hawfinch Norwich flew NNW over Trix Road at 6.52am
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches flew over Thetford