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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 10th April 2018

Black Redstarts were the main event of the day, with up to three birds (all females) around the observatory building and a fourth in the horse paddocks on the NWT reserve. The Firecrest was still in the west end of the pines, at least twenty Med Gulls were counted on the grazing marsh and a Woodcock was flushed from the dunes.
Black Redstart, Holme Bird Obs - G.Elton
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Norfolk Ring Ouzel Caister
Norfolk Osprey flew west over Sheringham at 2pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier Cley NWT at Simmonds' Scrape mid a'noon
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 2.47pm
Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham still below The Wee Retreat at 12.48pm
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Beeston Bump in sheep field by level crossing
Norfolk no sign of male.Pied Fly Kelling Water Meadow on fence near metal gate by spinney
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 1+Black Redstart Sheringham still by boating lake at 10a
Norfolk 3.Black Redstarts Holme NOA
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Cockley Cley still in garden
Norfolk 1+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (all males) Roydon Common NNR still
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts Holme NOA at 7.44am
Norfolk 3+Hawfinches y'day Felbrigg Hall NT still in trees behind hall at 3.15pm