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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 30th March 2018

On the sea two Eiders were with the Scoter flock, 14 Avocets around the marshes, 2 Stonechats, 2 Bullfinches and 2 Song Thrushes were of note. A movement of Meadow Pipits took place with at least 40 counted during the day. A Cetti's Warbler was calling near the NWT entrance gate.

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Norfolk Garganey Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2w Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk Black Redstart Beeston Bump at summit mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts Cromer still just east of pier between pink house +yellow house at 1.40pm
Norfolk Spoonbill ad Salthouse in field south of Gramborough Hill at 1.30pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Cley NWT over Eye Field
Norfolk Spoonbill ad Cley NWT flew east over Arnold's Marsh at 10.25am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Burnham Overy Staithe on marsh
Norfolk Black Redstart Waxham Sands Holiday Park mid morning +Velvet Scoter flew south
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Hickling Broad NWT on Swim Coots at 10.45am
Norfolk Spoonbill Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park flew west from conservation trees mid morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Thornham on sea wall north of village opposite The Green at 8.20am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Wymondham flew west over Wymondham Abbey at 7.05am