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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 6th April 2018

A male Firecrest was in the pines, and a group of 9 Common Cranes flew over west at 10.30. A Tree Sparrow was in the village and 7 Siskins flew over calling. On the sea 900 Common Scoter and an Eider were recorded together with a Great Crested Grebe. At least 5 Chiffchaffs were around the reserves.

Male Firecrest in the pines - Holme Bird Obs, April 2018 © David Bratt

The flock of Common Cranes circling over the grazing marsh - Holme Bird Obs, April 2018 © David Bratt


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Norfolk Little Gull ad Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk 1+Mealy Redpoll 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe still SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane late morning TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool from hide
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Holme offshore
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes flew west over Holme Dunes at 10.36am
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes flew west over Thornham at c10.30am
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes flew west over Wells at 9.55am
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes flew west over Cley NWT at 9.40am
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes flew west over Kelling Heath at 9.30am
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes flew NW over Felbrigg at 9.20am
Norfolk Iceland Gull flew east over Sidestrand at 8.55am
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB offshore. Mealy Redpoll Fen Trail
Norfolk Hawfinch flew over Sidestrand
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park