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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 9th October 2018

Three Snow Buntings were along the beach at the mouth of Thornham Harbour early morning.
The rest of the day was relatively quiet though the more interesting birds seen included five Bearded Tits, a Hobby and a Swallow.

At Walsey Hills there were at least six Jack Snipe present on Snipes Marsh.

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Norfolk 3.Richard's Pipits Horsey south of Nelson Head track in field east of coastal path between 2.sets of steps late a'noon
Norfolk 31.Common Cranes Welney WWT still +Great White Egret stil
Norfolk 6.Jack Snipe Walsey Hills NOA on Snipes Marsh mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Warham Greens at north end of Garden Drove still 2.45pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Hickling
Norfolk Ortolan Bunting 1w still 1.5mls SE of Waxham in dunes east of Waxham Sands Holiday Park at 8.10am. Walk north from Horsey Gap
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Holme still on beach this morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at Great Yarmouth Cemetery in North Section still near chapel
Norfolk Shorelark Burnham Overy Dunes till 11.45am at west end then flushed
Norfolk 1+Jack Snipe Walsey Hills NOA still on Snipes Marsh
Norfolk Richard's Pipit 1.5mls SE of Waxham still in dunes east of of Waxham Sands Holiday Park late morning
Norfolk 2.Richard's Pipits flew west over Warham Greens at 10.50am +Lapland Bunting flew south (+Y-br.Wblr Ring Ouzel Hen Harrier)
Norfolk Shorelark Burnham Overy Dunes at west end late morning
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Thornham harbour on west side of harbour mouth
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Burnham Overy Dunes on beach between boardwalk +Gun Hill
Norfolk 4.Hawfinches between Ringland +Costessey at storm pond by Ringland Lane at 10.05am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Glandford in trees at church at 10am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end still
Norfolk Snow Bunting Snettisham on beach (for 2nd day)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Blakeney at Friary Hills NT at 9.45am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley NWT still c400yds east of beach car park mid morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at north end of Lady Anne's Drive at start of boardwalk
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.male Wells flew past Pinewoods Holiday Park at 7.15am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still then flew east