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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 13th May 2018

Two Cuckoos were recorded again today with a Common Sandpiper on the NWT pools. A drake Red-crested Pochard was on the Broadwater.


A Grasshopper Warbler showing well - Walsey Hills, May 2018 © David Bratt

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Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Norton
Norfolk report of Great White Egret Winterton was erroneous
Norfolk 1+Black Tern Colney GPs
Norfolk probable Iceland Gull juv flew NW past Waxham Gap at c2.30pm
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still on Arnold's Marsh then flew towards North Scrape at 1.30pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes y'day Welney WWT still
Norfolk Great White Egret Winterton flew south over Low Road
Norfolk 3.Garganey (all drks) Potter Heigham Marshes +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Potter Heigham Marshes on north side still 12.45pm +Wood Sand
Norfolk 7.Garganey (6.drks) Welney WWT
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still on Serpentine at 12.20pm
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Welney WWT still midday from visitor centre
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Potter Heigham Marshes on north side +2.drk.Garganey Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Snettisham flew north over Ken Hill Marshes at c10.30am
Norfolk Garganey y'day Welney WWT +Spotted Redshank Arctic Tern
Norfolk Spotted Redshank y'day Welney WWT +Arctic Tern
Norfolk 5.Garganey Welney WWT
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Welney WWT still tho mobile
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing still Norwich at All Saint's Green at 8am. Arctic Tern Whitlingham Lane Ctry Park
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing still Norwich at All Saint's Green at 8am. Arctic Tern Whitlingham Lane Ctry Park
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water by South Wall near fishermen's car park
Norfolk no sign of male.Black-headed Wagtail Happisburgh in horse paddock by Church Farm by 7.25am. Park before rough track then walk along rough track