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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 8th October 2018

On the sea today 6 Eiders, 289 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 22 Gannets, 5 Great Crested Grebes, a Med Gull and a Guillemot were of interest. Two Water Rails were calling and a Yellow-browed Warbler was near the NWT payhut with the tit flock. Two Grey Wagtails flew over calling and 4 Snow Buntings were on the beach.

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Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings Holme on beach 100yds from NOA at 4.25pm
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley NWT c200yds east of Cley Eye car park behind ledge at 3.26pm
Norfolk 4+Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth at Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Norfolk Richard's Pipit still 3.30pm 1.5mls SE of Waxham in dunes NE of Waxham Sands Holiday Park tho mobile
Norfolk Ortolan Bunting 1w still 2.49pm 1.5mls SE of Waxham in dunes tho mobile
Norfolk no further sign of 1w.Blyth's Reed Warbler Blakeney Point in Plantation by 2.42pm but Barred Warbler still by lifeboat station mid a'noon. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.997.459 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Purple Heron NW of Great Yarmouth in ditch by A47 Acle Straight at 2.25pm then flew north
Norfolk no further sign of 1w.Ortolan Bunting 1.5mls SE of Waxham in dunes on path opposite pink purple toilet block by 2.30pm
Norfolk 3+Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth at Great Yarmouth Cemetery still off Kitchener Road at 1.34pm +Ring Ouzel Pied Fly
Norfolk Richard's Pipit still 1.45pm 1.5mls SE of Waxham in dunes NE of Waxham Sands Holiday Park tho mobile
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton North Dunes west of concrete blocks tho elusive
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at Bure Park still near lake this a'noon
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB still on Volunteer Marsh
Norfolk Barred Warbler Blakeney Point by lifeboat station this a'noon (Ring Ouzel at Halfway House)
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER 1w still 11.43am Blakeney Point in Plantation tho elusive (+Y-br.Wblr still). Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.997.459 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Richard's Pipit 1.5mls SE of Waxham in dunes east of Waxham Sands Holiday Park early a'noon tho mobile
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme Dunes by Broadwater Road just west of pay booth at 11.30am
Norfolk Ortolan Bunting 1w still 1.5mls SE of Waxham in dunes on path opposite pink purple toilet block at 12.17pm
Norfolk Pied Fly Stiffkey
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at Caister Road Cemetery late morning
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Breydon Water
Norfolk no sign of 1w.Ortolan Bunting 1.5mls SE of Waxham in dunes 100yds NE of Waxham Sands Holiday Park by 10.50am. Walk north from Horsey Gap
Norfolk 1+Y-br.Wblr Gorleston in old cemetery
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Horsey at Horsey Gap +Dartford Warbler
Norfolk Barred Warbler 1ml east of Cley still 10.40am just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA viewable from field (Jack Snipe on Snipes Marsh viewable from A149)
Norfolk 5+Y-br.Wblrs Stiffkey at Campsite Wood at 10.29am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines still near sign to Joe Jordan Hide at 10am tho mobile
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills on Saturday Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Stiffkey at Campsite Wood at 9.51am
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER 1w still Blakeney Point in Plantation at 9.48am +Barred Warbler still (+Y-br.Wblr). Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.997.459 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk 2+Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth at Great Yarmouth Cemetery still in North Section
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth at St.Nicholas' churchyard by east gate
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Cawston Heath at west end near hay bales
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Waxham at 9.26am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Market in sycamores at Friar's Lane/ Mill Road junction at 8.45am
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Wells Woods east of The Dell at 7.30am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Horsey at Horsey Corner just north of car park
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at St.Nicholas' churchyard by east gate
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Hickling Broad NWT in overflow car park
Norfolk Barred Warbler 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA viewable from field to east at 9.03am +showing well
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea at 8.31am
Norfolk Great White Egret just SE of Ringland still near pub by River Wensum by Ringland Road bridge at 8.33am