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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.

Sunday 31st December 2017

A Black-throated Diver was on the sea this morning together with 9 Red-throated Divers, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 40 Common Scoters, 4 Great Crested Grebes and a Guillemot. The flock of 20 Twite were still in Thornham Harbour and a Merlin was hunting on the beach. The Tawny Owl was heard from the pines during the afternoon.

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Norfolk c12.Snow Buntings Great Yarmouth at north end of beach at 2.23pmNorfolk 2.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum east of paddock at 2.15pm then flew south
Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans Acle on north side of Acle Straight opposite Stokesby at 1.40pm with Mute Swans
Norfolk 20.Snow Buntings Salthouse still at Little Eye at 1.29pm
Norfolk probable Parrot Crossbill fem c1ml NW of Horsford at Houghen Plantation with Crossbills
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh c1/2ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Waxwing flew over Buckenham Marshes RSPB towards Cantley
Norfolk 20.Twite Thornham harbour still
Norfolk Great White Egret WSW of Norwich at Earlham Marsh south of River Yare at 11.53am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Holkham Freshmarsh still in fields east of Lady Ann's Drive at 10.17am with Dark bellied Brent Geese NR23 1RJ
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich till 9.25am at Colney GPs then flew towards Earlham Marsh
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich again at Colney GPs
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w y'day Weybourne then flew west