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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.

Friday 1st December 2017

Seawatching today produced 21 Shelduck, 78 Eiders, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 600 Common Scoters, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Fulmars, 6 Gannets, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Skua, 6 Razorbills, 2 Guillemots, 36 Kittiwakes, 1 Little Gull, 1 Med Gull, and a Swallow passing west.

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Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling juv Morston Quay with Starlings (+ringtail.Hen Harrier)
Norfolk Long-eared Owl flew past Sheringham in 5hrs +Short-eared Owl Long-tailed Duck Great Northern Diver Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 10.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB by railway viewable from track to hide mid a'noon +showing well
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse in winter wheat field south of A149 at Iron Road at midday with Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose)
Norfolk Purple Sand 1/4ml east of Wells at sluice
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail near Warham Greens at 11.30am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Snettisham Coastal Park still on beach just north of crossbank this morning
Norfolk 22.Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren by level crossing at 1.10pm. Use free c'pk at St.Helen's Picnic Site then walk NW along rd for 350yds to pines; do not park by access rd TL.826.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Weybourne flew west past Weybourne Camp this morning (+Short-eared Owl flew SW)
Norfolk 4.Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren. Use free car park at St.Helen's Picnic Site then walk NW along rd for 350yds to pines N.of access rd; do not park by access rd TL.826.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Mundesley at 12.10pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Stiffkey south of A149 in cattle field opposite Red Lion pub at 11.55am TF.968.431
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (both 1w) Cley off beach car park late morning
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cley off beach car park mid morning +3.Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew west
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew past Holme Dunes +Swallow
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew east past Trimingham
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT flew west past north end of East Bank at 8.40am