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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 8th April 2018

A drizzly and miserable day, highlights were rather scarce but 2 Spoonbills were on the grazing marsh on the NWT reserve, a Water Rail was heard, 2 Med Gulls were seen and a Barn Owl was hunting in the dunes early morning. At least 6 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, and 2 Blackcaps were around the recording area, a single Wheatear was near Thornham Harbour, 4 Siskins flew through and a mixed flock of 40 Chaffinches and Bramblings also dropped into the pines at 1.30pm.

In the moth trap 2 Pine Beauties, a Dotted Border, 13 Hebrew Characters, a Red Chestnut, 3 Clouded Drabs, a Common Quaker and 5 Small Quakers were recorded.

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Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT behind orangery tea rooms this a'noon
Norfolk 8.Ring Ouzels Roydon Common NNR
Norfolk Great White Egret Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.35am then flew north +2.Garganey (1.drk) still
Norfolk Black Redstart Horsey in garden late morning
Norfolk Common Scoter drk Whitlingham Ctry Park still 11.15am at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk 3.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane (+20+Mealy Redpolls still) TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Burnham Norton Marsh at 8.50am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Snettisham Coastal Park +Cuckoo
Norfolk Common Scoter drk Whitlingham Ctry Park on Great Broad
Norfolk Hawfinch Titchwell RSPB still near visitor centre at 7am