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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.

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

On the sea today 4 Eiders, 90 Common Scoters, 3 Red-throated Divers, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 120 Gannets, 4 Great Skuas, 9 Guillemots and 2 Little Gulls were all recorded.

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Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 2.46pm 1/2ml east of Salthouse north of A149 Coast Road at Meadow Lane on slope by 2nd gate TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Holkham Gap (+Snow Bunting)
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide at 1.22pm tho distant
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines still near Washington Hide at 1.03pm +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Holkham Freshmarsh still by digger from Joe Jordan Hide at 12.38pm
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 12.20pm between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow N.of A149 at Meadow Lane TG.084.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 11.30am between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow N.of A149 at Meadow Lane TG.084.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk Atlantic Canada Goose (nominate form canadensis) ad east of Weybourne again south of A149 in field by railway at 10.40am with Pink-footed Geese then flew off
Norfolk Shorelark Winterton North Dunes still 11.06am on beach at Little Tern colony between red markers
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow N.of A149 at Meadow Lane by 1st gate TG.084.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Shorelark Winterton North Dunes still on beach
Norfolk 2.Great Northern Divers flew west past Sheringham at 9.13am
Norfolk no news on 1w.male Eastern Stonechat sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) between Salthouse +Kelling Water Meadow N.of A149 +200yds east of west end of Meadow Lane TG.084.437
Norfolk 2.Great Northern Divers flew west past Trimingham
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW