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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 21st October 2018

A Short-eared Owl flew in off the sea and landed on the grazing marsh on the NWT reserve. A female Red-crested Pochard was on the Broadwater and 3 Water Rails, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Bearded Tits, 4 Swallows, 2 Chiffchaffs, a male Stonechat, 4 Rock Pipits, 2 Bramblings and 3 Siskins were also of note. A Shorelark was on the beach west of the Golf Course and a Yellow-browed Warbler was heard at the west end of the NOA reserve.

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Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) still 3.45pm Weybourne 1/2ml east of windmill in field south of A149 with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Barred Warbler still 3.22pm Blakeney Point in Lifeboat House garden briefly. Do not enter garden
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Winterton South Dunes still mid a'noon below Hermanus Restaurant
Norfolk Firecrest Wells Woods at west end of Dell at 2.22pm
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Ingoldisthorpe at 2.34pm
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 2.06pm between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow north of A149 +300yds east of west end of Meadow Lane TG.084.437
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard flew west over Holme Dunes NWT at 1.53pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Warham Greens at 9am
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham still
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Welney WWT
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 1.03pm NW of Weybourne at Weybourne Camp by scrape just east of pine copse. 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 BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 12.58pm NW of Weybourne at Weybourne Camp by scrape just east of pine copse tho distant. Park at north end of Beach Lane in beach car park then walk west for 1/2ml NR25 7AH
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still midday NW of Weybourne at Weybourne Camp by scrape. Park at north end of Beach Lane in beach car park then walk west for 1/4ml NR25 7AH
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Holkham Freshmarsh by digger from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.47am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew over Salthouse (Short-eared Owl Gramborough Hill)
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew over Salthouse (Short-eared Owl Gramborough Hill)
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NWT flew over The Firs at 11.19am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB flew west over freshmarsh at 11.28am
Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE 1w still 11.25am NW of Weybourne at Weybourne Camp by scrape tho elusive. Park at north end of Beach Lane in beach car park then walk west for 1/4ml NR25 7AH
Norfolk Shorelark Holme Dunes NWT still 200yds west of track across golf course at 10.42am (+Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk repeat: BROWN SHRIKE NW of Weybourne at Weybourne Camp by scrape at 10.47am (not Red-backed Shrike)
MEGA Norfolk BROWN SHRIKE NW of Weybourne at Weybourne Camp by scrape at 10.47am (not Red-backed Shrike)
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Winterton South Dunes below Hermanus Restaurant +Siberian Chiffchaff Redstart Black Redstart
Norfolk Cattle Egret Martham Pit
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard flew east over Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) Weybourne 1/2ml east of windmill in stubble field south of road at 9.52am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Blakeney Point at 9.34am +fem.Hen Harrier
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Dunes east of boardwalk at 9am
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike Weybourne at Weybourne Camp by scrape at 8.20am (+Short-eared Owl flew in off sea)
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 9.14am between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow north of A149 100yds east of Beach Road TG.084.437
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods by main path SE of The Dell
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow north of A149 200yds east of west end of Meadow Lane at 8.15am tho distant TG.084.437
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 7.25am then flew east with 3,000.Pink-footed Geese