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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.

Friday 1st June 2018

A Hobby gave good views during the afternoon over the grazing marsh near Thornham.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male again mid a'noon Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow at north end of pool in flight along ditch tho elusive
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +drk.Garganey still. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike fem Holkham along path north of Holkham Pines tho mobile
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male again Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow along track to Kelling Hard late morning tho mobile +elusive
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Burnham Overy Dunes still 11.30am on fence just east of boardwalk
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk 7.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Red-backed Shrikes (1.male) Kelling Hard still 10am viewed east from path along fence between north end of pool +beach
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Burnham Overy Dunes east of boardwalk +west of concrete structures south of fence tho mobile
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich on White Lion Street still NR2 1PX
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich at Bedford Street /London Street junction on clock tower at 9am
Norfolk 2.Red-backed Shrikes Kelling Hard: fem still viewed east from path along fence between north end of pool +beach, male briefly then flew to Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male singing 1/4ml west of Stiffkey Fen still 200yds west of north end of Bait Diggers' Path (+Osprey over at 7.30am). Access north from A149 along public footpath just west of Stiffkey Fen TF.979.441
Norfolk Black Tern y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male again mid a'noon Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow at north end of pool in flight along ditch tho elusive
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +drk.Garganey still. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike fem Holkham along path north of Holkham Pines tho mobile
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male again Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow along track to Kelling Hard late morning tho mobile +elusive
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Burnham Overy Dunes still 11.30am on fence just east of boardwalk
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk 7.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Red-backed Shrikes (1.male) Kelling Hard still 10am viewed east from path along fence between north end of pool +beach
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Burnham Overy Dunes east of boardwalk +west of concrete structures south of fence tho mobile
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich on White Lion Street still NR2 1PX
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich at Bedford Street /London Street junction on clock tower at 9am
Norfolk 2.Red-backed Shrikes Kelling Hard: fem still viewed east from path along fence between north end of pool +beach, male briefly then flew to Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male singing 1/4ml west of Stiffkey Fen still 200yds west of north end of Bait Diggers' Path (+Osprey over at 7.30am). Access north from A149 along public footpath just west of Stiffkey Fen TF.979.441
Norfolk Black Tern y'day Welney WWT