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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 30th October 2018

A grey and wet day with interest primarily focused on the sea. An adult Sabine's Gull close in shore was arguably the best bird, with other seabirds seen that included five Red-throated and three Great Northern Divers, two Velvet Scoters, Long-tailed Duck, one Pomarine and two Artic Skuas and a single Little Auk.

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Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew west past Blakeney Point in 2.hours (+Little Gull)
Norfolk Sabine's Gull flew west past Holme Dunes at 8.30am (+drk.Long-tailed Duck 3.Great Northern Divers)
Norfolk 2.Leach's Petrels Sheringham flew east past car park above Funky Mackerel cafe 10.50-11.05am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck drk Cley flew west past beach car park at 12.34pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Salthouse on marsh near beach
Norfolk Sabine's Gull flew past Salthouse this morning +3.Little Auks (+5.Little Gulls Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk Firecrest Waxham north of beach gap at 8.30am
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Winterton
Norfolk 2.Little Auks reported y'day Gorleston
Norfolk Firecrest Warham Greens at 10.31am
Norfolk Leach's Petrel Sheringham flew east past East Promenade at 11am
Norfolk Firecrest Titchwell RSPB at Fen Trail
Norfolk 4.Little Auks Cley flew west past beach car park 7.30-10am
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Winterton +Pom Skua
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew east past Sheringham +Little Auk flew west
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Blakeney Point still 9.55am 1/3ml west of Cley beach car park (+Mealy Redpoll) (not 2.Coues's Arctic Redpolls)
Norfolk KING EIDER ecl.drk Sheringham on sea at 9.58am
Norfolk 2.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS Blakeney Point still 1/3ml west of Cley beach car park