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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 3rd December 2017

Highlights today included a Water Rail near the Broadwater, 2 Bearded Tits in the reeds opposite the Obs late afternoon, a male Stonechat along the east bank, and 10 Snow Buntings along the beach.

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Norfolk 22.Parrot Crossbills still north of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in pines north of level crossing this a'noon. Walk north along small path from car park to barrier then right for 200yds TL.821.886
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male still 3.10pm Eccles-on-Sea 2/3ml SE of Cart Gap by Beach Rd in wheat field opp end of Eccles Beach Caravan Pk tho distant. Park at Cart Gap +walk SE along tracks; no parking on Beach Rd NR12 0QL cTG.407.289
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Eccles-on-Sea
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets y'day still Stiffkey south of A149 in cattle field opposite Red Lion pub viewable from Damson Lane track TF.968.431
Norfolk Iceland Gull ad Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 11.45am
Norfolk 7.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks still
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male still 1.40pm Eccles-on-Sea 2/3ml SE of Cart Gap by Beach Rd in wheat field opp end of Eccles Beach Caravan Pk tho distant. Park at Cart Gap +walk SE along tracks; no parking on Beach Rd NR12 0QL cTG.407.289
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male still 11.50am Eccles-on-Sea 2/3ml SE of Cart Gap by Beach Rd in wheat field opp end of Eccles Beach Caravan Pk. Park at Cart Gap +walk SE along tracks; no parking on Beach Rd NR12 0QL cTG.407.289
Norfolk 40.Snow Buntings Cley NWT again flew west over beach car park
Norfolk c6.Parrot Crossbills still 11.40am north of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in pines north of level crossing. Walk north along small path from car park to barrier then right for c200yds cTL.821.886
Norfolk c70.Snow Buntings Eccles on beach near northern reef
Norfolk c12.Parrot Crossbills still 10.45am north of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in pines north of level crossing. Walk north along small path from car park to barrier then right for c200yds cTL.821.886
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male still 10.25am Eccles-on-Sea 2/3ml SE of Cart Gap by Beach Rd in wheat field opp end of Eccles Beach Caravan Pk +3.Shorelark. Park at Cart Gap +walk SE along tracks; no parking on Beach Rd NR12 0QL cTG.407.289
Norfolk 20+Parrot Crossbills still north of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in pines c1/2ml NW of level crossing at 9.35am
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male still mid morning Eccles-on-Sea 2/3ml SE of Cart Gap by Beach Road in wheat field opposite end of Eccles Beach Caravan Park. Park at Cart Gap +walk SE along tracks; no parking on Beach Rd NR12 0QL cTG.407.289
Norfolk 2+Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site car park TL.826.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham NNR still on freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male still Eccles-on-Sea c1ml SE of Cart Gap by Beach Road opposite end of Eccles Beach Caravan Park in wheat field at 8.05am. Park at Cart Gap +walk SE along tracks