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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 6th May 2018

A stunning day of sunshine, with birding highlights including a Red Kite over the pines, a Green Sandpiper around the Broadwater, Cuckoo calling, 2 Sand Martins, 15 Swallows, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling near the NWT entrance gate, a female Ring Ouzel and a Redstart in the dunes, 2 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Redpolls.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Ring Ouzel 1ml NW of Weybourne still at Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Wood Wblr male singing still 2.35pm Norwich at Mousehold Heath just NW of Gurney Road car park cTG.246.104
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Great White Egret Filby Broad flew to south end at 1.50pm
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 12.45pm Cley NWT from West Bank
Norfolk no news on Short-toed Lark Blakeney Point on Great Sandy Low since 11.33am cTF.000.464
Norfolk Wood Wblr male singing still 1.30pm Norwich at Mousehold Heath just NW of Gurney Road car park cTG.246.104
Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Overy Staithe on saltmarsh at 1pm
Norfolk Wood Wblr male singing Norwich at Mousehold Heath cTG.246.104
Norfolk 2+Dotterels still 12.10pm c1ml north of Docking east of Choseley Farm road in bare field tho elusive cTF.761.395
Norfolk Great White Egret Rollesby Broad from boat at 11.15am
Norfolk Short-toed Lark Blakeney Point on Great Sandy Low at 11.33am cTF.000.464
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool by hide at 9.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret Winterton North Dunes +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Garganey drk east of Wells on flood
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide at c6am tho distant [heard only]
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still at Babcock Hide at 9.45am
Norfolk 2.Sandwich Terns flew thru Strumpshaw Fen RSPB then Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 6.45am
Norfolk 5.Garganey 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +ad.Little Gull still. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Stiffkey still on flood south of A149
Norfolk 3.Dotterels still 8.30am c1ml north of Docking west of Choseley Farm road in stony field with grass clumps TF.757.390
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 8.15am Cley NWT flew to ditch NW of Avocet Hide
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk harrier sp ringtail Blakeney Point drifting NW viewed from West Bank at 7.35am tho distant
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 7.20am Cley NWT in dyke on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank near bench then flew east +landed in reeds north of hides
Norfolk 3.Dotterels still c1ml north of Docking west of Choseley Farm road in stony field with grass clumps TF.757.390
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Cley NWT in dyke on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank near bench