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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 14th October 2018

Heavy rain hampered birding today but a Yellow-browed Warbler was still calling from willows in front of the Firs NWT, and ringing included a male Stonechat, 18 Meadow Pipits, 9 Reed Buntings, Goldfinch and Dunnock, with 41 birds caught before the rain started.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Horsey at Nelson Head. Y-br.Wblr Waxham at pipe dump. Black Redstart Waxham boardwalk track
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Horsey at Nelson Head. Y-br.Wblr Waxham at pipe dump. Black Redstart Waxham boardwalk track
Norfolk 2+Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines between Burham Overy Dunes +Joe Jordan Hide at 1.08pm with tit flock
Norfolk Caspian Gull Great Cressingham
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sidestrand offshore +Y-br.Wblr
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Happisburgh in garden of last house before Coast Watch buildings at 12.30pm +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham/Wells still +9.Crossbills flew over drinking pool
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 8am +Jack Snipe still +4.Spotted Redshanks. Slav Grebe offshore
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still along path towards Fen Hide at 8.34am
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide at 10.53am
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Warham Greens at Garden Drove north of concrete pad
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills (+Y-br.Wblr Black-throated Diver) cTF.925.458
Norfolk Beautiful Marbled moth Holme on view at The Firs this a'noon +tomorrow
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley still on beach 200yds east of beach car park at 11.39am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley still on beach by sea bank at 10.27am
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Horsey Gap 100yds south of car park in scrub at 9.30am
Norfolk 6+Crossbills Wells Woods at The Dell
Norfolk Hawfinch flew south over Hempstead-by-Holt . Beautiful Marbled moth trapped
Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings Holkham Gap at 10.15am
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Holkham Gap near shore at 10am
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Holme NWT flew west along beach at 9.43am then flew east towards Holme
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cromer still at sewage works at end of Sandy Lane at 9.30am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB in car park [heard only]. Jack Snipe on freshmarsh
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad still 9.10am 4.5mls WNW of Norwich at New Costessey south of A1074 Dereham Road at The Hampdens estate at Victory Grove. No parking on Victory Grove NR5 0US
Norfolk Cattle Egret Heigham Holmes
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 9.13am tho elusive (+3.Russian White-fronted Geese still with Canada Geese) TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Happisburgh on track to coastal watchpoint tho elusive
Norfolk 2+Y-br.Wblrs Winterton North Dunes with tit flock tho mobile
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Muckleburgh Hill 100yds north of entrance gate at 7.25am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cley on beach just west of beach car park on seal carcass
Norfolk 3.Shag Hunstanton left roost on cliff at 7.55am
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad still 8.05am 4.5mls WNW of Norwich at New Costessey south of A1074 Dereham Road at The Hampdens estate at Victory Grove. No parking on Victory Grove NR5 0US
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad still 4.5mls WNW of Norwich at New Costessey south of A1074 Dereham Road at The Hampdens estate at Victory Grove. No parking on Victory Grove NR5 0US