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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 3rd April 2018

A touch of spring feel in the air with three Swallows, three Sand Martins and two Wheatears recorded today. Three Spoonbills flew over the observatory early afternoon heading West and a male Black Redstart was in the dunes on the NWT reserve. Other birds of note included a Peregrine, at least six Med Gulls, thirteen Ruff and three Black-tailed Godwit.
Black Redstart- Holme Dunes


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Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts (1.male) Winterton South Dunes by oak south of Hermanus Restaurant +Firecrest
Norfolk Sedge Wblr singing Hickling Broad NWT on west side of Heigham Sound
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still +male.Hen Harrier
Norfolk Black Redstart Hunstanton on South Beach
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB flew west over freshmarsh this a'noon
Norfolk 4.Garganey (2.drks) Breydon Water North Wall +Short-eared Owl Yellow Wagtail
Norfolk 3+White Wagtails Winterton in paddocks along Low Road
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes flew east over East Runton at 12.18pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes flew east over Sheringham at c12.05pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes flew east over Burnham Norton at 11.20am
Norfolk Black Redstart Holme Dunes NWT
Norfolk 3.Black Redstarts (1.male) Sheringham on The Esplanade by model boating lake +pond mid morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Strumpshaw Fen RSPB flew over Tower Hide mid morning
Norfolk Little Gull imm Wroxham Broad
Norfolk House Martin Cley NWT
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe
Norfolk Black Redstart Sheringham on The Leas at 9.10am
Norfolk 2+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane TG.167.170 NR10