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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.

Monday 23rd April 2018

A blustery day but many spring migrants still around with 3 Ring Ouzels on the NWT reserve and 3 Wheatears a Common Redstart and a Whinchat also seen in the dunes. A large flock of 45 Yellow Wagtails was still among the cattle south of the river Hun and could be viewed from a distance, with 2 Stonechats along the east bank on the NOA reserve. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling along the access road and 10 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, a Willow Warbler and 6 Chiffchaffs were also seen.

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Norfolk 2.Dotterel (1.male) 1ml NW of Eccles at Cart Gap in field west of NW end of Doggett's Lane at 2.18pm. Use car park by lifeboat station then walk NW NR12 0QL
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 1.35pm from Daukes' Hide +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wells Woods in grass field. Spoonbill flew west over Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wells Woods in grass field. Spoonbill flew west over Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide early a'noon then flew to field towards coastguards. Glaucous Gull flew past West Runton
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide early a'noon then flew to field towards coastguards. Glaucous Gull flew past West Runton
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (2.males) Holme Dunes in forestry +male.Redstart Whinchat. View south from access road near Highland Cattle
Norfolk Dotterel flew west over Walsey Hills NOA at 12.35pm
Norfolk no further sign of Alpine Swift Cromer by 12.08pm
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Cromer flew along cliff over Happy Valley towards Cromer at 11.15am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Waxham at Pipe Dump
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER Horsey between Horsey Gap car park +end of Nelson Head track at 10.25am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Winterton by Low Road
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Cley NWT still from Babcock Hide at 9am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (1.male) Trimingham on cliff face below bottle bank
Norfolk harrier sp ringtail flew north over Horsey Gap at 7.45am