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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.

Friday 30th November 2018

Highlights were on the sea today, with 31 Eiders, 6 Common Scoters, 2 Goldeneye, 32 Red-breasted Mergansers, 22 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers, 18 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 2 Guillemots recorded. Also of note today were a ring-tailed Hen Harrier at Thornham and 25+ Twite seen in the harbour.

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Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers Titchwell RSPB still on sea this morning +3.Red-necked Grebes 3.Slav Grebes 9.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still in roped-off area east of Holkham Gap mid a'noon TF.896.458
Norfolk 25+Snow Buntings Holkham Bay on beach east of Holkham Gap this a'noon
Norfolk Black Redstart ad.male Sheringham still 1pm south of The Esplanade on roof at Upcher Court NR26 8LY
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Great Yarmouth flew east over Havenbridge House at 12.45pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still viewable from mound in Waveney Forest TG.457.011
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Thornham this morning +25+Twite still
Norfolk 9.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water again at east end briefly 10.50am then flew south
Norfolk 2.Bean Goose sp (possibly Taiga Bean Geese) Waxham in field behind dunes at Poplar Farm (+2.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 6.Velvet Scoters Cley still on sea off beach car park
Norfolk 3+Lapland Buntings Blakeney Freshmarsh still in NW corner tho mobile (+16.Twite still)
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on southern pit from Shore Hide
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose flew east past Weybourne Camp 8am-9am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem/juv.drk Barton Broad still +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh mid morning
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still mid morning Wells Woods on east side of The Dell with Long-tailed Tits tho mobile (+3.Mealy Redpolls)
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still Wells Woods along main track south of toilet block at 7.50am with tit flock
Norfolk Black Redstart ad.male Sheringham still on The Leas by shelter cTG.155.435
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs again in tree at 7.10am then flew off