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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.

Monday 22nd October 2018

Highlights were on the sea today with 34 Common Scoters, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 9 Red-throated Divers, a Manx Shearwater, 122 Gannets, 22 Great Crested Grebes, Arctic and Great Skua, 20 Guillemots, 2 Sandwich Terns and 19 Kittiwakes. Two Cetti's Warblers were trapped and a single Swallow, male Stonechat, Rock Pipit, 2 Redpolls, 3 Siskins and a Crossbill were also of note.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Shorelark Winterton North Beach
Norfolk Atlantic Canada Goose (nominate form canadensis) ad east of Weybourne again in field south of A149 at 10.35am with 1,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 3.02pm NE of Salthouse on fence at Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew west past Stiffkey at 2.20pm
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe flew west past Weybourne Camp 7.50-9.50am
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Winterton South Dunes still below Hermanus Restaurant +showing well
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 12.10pm between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow north of A149 +300yds east of west end of Meadow Lane TG.084.437
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 11.30am between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow north of A149 +300yds east of west end of Meadow Lane TG.084.437
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Holkham Freshmarsh still by digger from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk still no sign of 1w.Brown Shrike NW of Weybourne at Weybourne Camp on SE side of scrape by 11am. Park at north end of Beach Lane in beach car park then walk west for 1/2ml. Access £1 thru gate; don't climb over fence NR25 7AH
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines still along main track c200yds east of west end late morning
Norfolk Weybourne: mobile phone lost y'day tel 01992-572050 if found
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow north of A149 +300yds east of west end of Meadow Lane at 9.20am TG.084.437
Norfolk no sign of Eastern Stonechat sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow north of A149 by Meadow Lane by 9am TG.084.437
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Park at south end of lake
Norfolk no news on Eastern Stonechat sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow north of A149 +300yds east of west end of Meadow Lane TG.084.437
Norfolk 1+Y-br.Wblr Winterton South Dunes still
Norfolk again no sign of 1w.Brown Shrike NW of Weybourne at Weybourne Camp on SE side of scrape by 8am. Park at north end of Beach Lane in beach car park then walk west for 1/2ml. Access £1 thru gate; don't climb over fence NR25 7AH
Norfolk no news on 1w.Brown Shrike NW of Weybourne at Weybourne Camp