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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.

Sunday 22nd April 2018

A good visual migration day with an Osprey sighted flying over Redwell Marsh during the morning, and 4 Whimbrel, a Green Sandpiper, a Cuckoo, a Swift, 2 Sand Martins, 18 Swallows, a House Martin, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Common Whitethroats, 10 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, a single Redwing, 2 Stonechats, 15+ Wheatears, 58+ Yellow Wagtails, a Redpoll and 2 Siskins all recorded. On the sea 74 Sandwich Terns and 7 Common Terns passed through offshore.

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Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Stiffkey circled over saltmarsh at c1.10pm
Norfolk Wood Wblr Wells Woods still 1.35pm in birches on south side of The Dell
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Cawston Heath still
Norfolk 8.Ring Ouzels Horsey Gap at Warren House Farm
Norfolk Garganey Titchwell RSPB left of path to beach at 12.45pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Cley still 12.40pm flew east over south end of Church Lane
Norfolk probable Glossy Ibis Cley NWT circled over then flew towards Salthouse at 12.24pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes SE of Cley circled inland at 12.20pm
Norfolk Whinchat Glandford at Cley Spy
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Cromer
Norfolk stork sp Colney circled over A47 at 11.05am but no further sign by 11.25am
Norfolk Wood Wblr Wells Woods in birches on south side of The Dell +showing well
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Weybourne Camp still 10.52am east of radio station perimeter fence viewed from coast path tho distant
Norfolk Black Tern Barton Broad briefly 10.40am then flew SE
Norfolk 10+Ring Ouzels Winterton North Dunes +3.Common Cranes
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels (4.males) Winterton Dunes NNR
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Cley NWT still from Babcock Hide at 9.54am +Spoonbill
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Cley NWT by central hides at 8.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Weybourne Camp at 8.07am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Weybourne Camp still at NW end behind gun emplacements at 7.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew SE over Weybourne Camp at 7.45am
Norfolk Stone Curlew Cley flew east over Church Lane at 3am
Norfolk Wood Sand Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR on flood