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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.

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Finally we appeared to have had a reasonable day with Yellow-browed Warblers, two were seen early morning in the trees near the NWT pay hut and two more in and around the pines near the Bird Observatory mid afternoon. Other counts of more interesting birds included Siskin (20), Brambling (10), Bearded Tit (8), Redpoll(5), Grey Wagtail (3) and single Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Kingfisher, Hobby, Peregrine and Crossbill.

 Barred Warbler showing well as it fed in Hawthorns - Walsey Hills, October 2018 © David Bratt

The moth trap whilst quieter now days still produces some impressive moths, today this included Gold Spot and Merveille du Jour.

Merveille du Jour and Gold Spot - Holme Bird Obs, October 2018 

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme Dunes NWT by coast path in pines near visitor centre at 3.47pm
Norfolk 2.Pec Sands (both juvs) still 4pm 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly fem/1w.male Waxham on coast path 100yds east of church at 2pm
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still 3.29pm 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB from hide TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sidestrand on disused railway at 12.30pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Breydon Water by rugby pitch briefly early morning +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Holme Dunes behind bird observatory on north side of pines at 2.57pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1.5mls east of Cley +1/2ml east of Walsey Hills early a'noon +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Kelling in village mid a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Gorleston at James Paget Hospital on south side in hedge viewed from footpath west of Jenner Road at 1.40pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at Caister Road Cemetery at 12.52pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme Dunes in trees by bird observator
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at Beeston Bump +Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) briefly
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Winterton North Dunes west of concrete blocks
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Warham Greens at Garden Drove near copse at 10.04am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey at Campsite Wood still at west end at 11.30am
Norfolk 2.Pec Sands (both juvs) still 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB from hide this morning TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Bittern Welney WWT flew south near Main Observatory at 11.08am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Warham Greens on saltmarsh +male Ring Ouzel ad.fem.Hen Harrier. Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) at whirligig
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham Park flew north over lake at 10am
Norfolk Barred Warbler 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA on east side +showing well
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Halvergate in garden just SE of Sandhoe Road/ The Street junction
Norfolk no sign of 1w.Ortolan Bunting 1.5mls SE of Waxham in dunes east of Waxham Sands Holiday Park. Walk north from Horsey Gap