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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 26th January 2018

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Hen Harrier male Breydon Water South Wall
Norfolk 111.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT from Babcock Hide at c1.30pm
Norfolk 4.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS still Kelling along Meadow Lane in field left of track near water meadows at 11.57am. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk Great White Egret Caister-on-Sea still east of bypass c500yds north of Tesco roundabout at 1pm TG.523.112. Park carefully on small grass triangle on access road to Caister tip
Norfolk c70.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB early a'noon
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on west side of main path
Norfolk 2.Russian White-fronted Geese Cantley north of Peregrine Close with c200.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still 12.30pm 1/2ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 12.Snow Buntings Winterton on beach north of village this morning
Norfolk c25.Twite Thornham Harbour still by sluice
Norfolk Great White Egret flew ENE over Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.55am +4.Common Cranes 3+Water Pipits
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Kelling still along Meadow Lane c100yds north of school at 11.35am. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk Velvet Scoter fem Titchwell RSPB offshore +4.drk.Long-tailed Ducks still
Norfolk Snow Bunting Salthouse at 10.52am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard still Haddiscoe Island viewed from mound in Waveney Forest at 10.45am
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still c3/4ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Black Redstart fem Sheringham on buildings by boating lake on Esplanade at 10am
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Sheringham on buildings by boating lake on Esplanade at 10am
Norfolk 2.Russian White-fronted Geese Horsey Corner with 260.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv between Mundesley +Trimingham still 1/2ml NW of car park at 9.54am
Norfolk 3.Hawfinches Great Massingham still in trees at rear of church at 8.40am
Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers y'day Cley on sea west of East Bank at 1.15pm