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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.

Tuesday 6th March 2018

A brief sea watch today produced two Long-tailed Ducks, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers and four Eider. A Great Northern Diver was off Gore Point later in the day and on the dropping tide, thousands of Gulls, Waders and Geese were still taking advantage of the food being deposited along the shoreline, though the only bird found of interest was an adult Med Gull. The flock of 25 Twite were present in Thornham Harbour early morning. The first moth of the year was caught as well, a Grey Shoulder Knot.
Grey-shoulder Knot - Holme Bird Obs

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Norfolk Great Northern Diver Holme Dunes off Gore Point
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Trimingham till mid a'noon then flew towards Mundesley
Norfolk Great White Egret WSW of Norwich at Earlham Marsh again this a'noon
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Trimingham on sea
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Fakenham still 11.45am 3/4ml east of Fakenham Tyres by River Wensum (+10.Mealy Redpolls)
Norfolk Smew redhead Thorpe St.Andrew still at Thorpe Broad NWT at 10.15am
Norfolk Smew redhead Martham South Broad +Bittern
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll y'day SE of Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Fakenham still 2/3ml east of Fakenham Tyres by River Wensum by path just beyond boardwalk (+4+Mealy Redpolls)
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Holme Dunes
Norfolk dead Puffin Titchwell RSPB on beach
Norfolk 15.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk 25.Twite Thornham Harbour still in tree west of coal barn
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day just SW of Norwich at Marston Marshes LNR flew over railway viewwed from Ipswich Road at 2