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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.

Wenesday 24th October 2018

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Norton still at 5.45pm
Norfolk 1+Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB flew thru this morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Felbrigg Hall NT
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB in car park at 5pm
Norfolk possible Surf Scoter flew west past Sheringham this morning with 2.Velvet Scoters
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Horsey in ditches by road. Short-eared Owl along road south of windpump
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Wells Woods 200yds west of car park by 2nd dog bin at 3.15pm
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes Waxham in fields west of Waxham Barn this a'noon
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 3.05pm 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.Velvet Scoters flew west past Cley coastguards at 3pm
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 2.25pm 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 Shorelark Winterton North Dunes still (4.Velvet Scoters on sea. Siberian Chiffchaff in South Valley below Hermanus in sycamores)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods 200yds west of car park on south side of main track at 1.47pm
Norfolk Purple Sand Titchwell RSPB on mussel beds
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still this a'noon 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 3.Velvet Scoters flew past Waxham 8.30am-9.40am +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 12.Crossbills flew west over Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Holkham Freshmarsh still by digger from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.50am
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Winterton North Beach on sea
Norfolk Waxwing Great Yarmouth flew north over Asda car park (Garganey Breydon Water at east end)
Norfolk Waxwing Great Yarmouth flew north over Asda car park (Garganey Breydon Water at east end)
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB on Volunteer Marsh
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 at 8.20am. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe west past Titchwell RSPB