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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.

Thursday 25th October 2018

Five Waxwings in the NOA car park early afternoon were a nice surprise, though with several noted locally earlier in the morning perhaps not totally unexpected. A flock seven Crossbills were in the western edge of the pines for the majority of the day, though largely elusive. A late Swallow also spent an hour around the Observatory early morning. On the sea there were single Great Northern and Red throated Divers, Velvet Scoter, Pomarine and Arctic Skua plus three Slavonian Grebes and counts of  161 Gannets and 17 Kittiwakes.

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Norfolk Short-eared Owl Waxham in dunes at 8.20am +Snow Bunting flew north +2.Great Northern Divers flew south
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard flew west over Wells at 1.15pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Weybourne Camp
Norfolk possible Black-browed Albatross on Tuesday flew east past Salthouse at 11am
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 11.44am 1/2ml east of Salthouse north of A149 Coast Road at Meadow Lane on slope by 2nd gate. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum under beeches
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.male Snettisham RSPB at 8.30am then flew north
Norfolk 2.Waxwings flew south over Hunstanton by 9.20am
Norfolk Waxwing Hunstanton in garden
Norfolk Waxwing Holme
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels west of Dereham flew SW over Hulver Hill
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still by main track 200yds from car park at 9.45am tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Salthouse by A149 Coast Road/ Beach Road junction at 9.40am
Norfolk Waxwing Titchwell RSPB flew west over car park at 8.05am
Norfolk 2.Great Northern Divers Cley flew west past beach car park at 9.15am
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 9.18am 1/2ml east of Salthouse north of A149 Coast Road at Meadow Lane +Lapland Bunting (+S-e.Owl). Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 1/2ml east of Salthouse north of A149 Coast Road at Meadow Lane on slope by 2nd gate. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW