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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.

Sunday 25th November 2018

On the sea today 10+ Eiders, 16+ Common Scoters, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, 5 Shags, Great Crested, Slavonian and 2 Red-necked Grebes and a single Guillemot were recorded, while 3 Water Rails were heard and one wandered into view at the Hun sluice, with a juvenile Peregrine hunting the beach and Chiffchaff and Blackcap on the Obs reserve. At least 7 Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Morston by A149 at Morston Chase from bait diggers' layby at 2.44pm
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still 1.45pm Wells Woods in The Dell
Norfolk Hooded Crow (or hybrid) Hickling Broad flew over Seckers Hide at 1.36pm
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still 12.50pm Wells Woods in The Dell near mature pines tho mobile
Norfolk 20.Snow Buntings Happisburgh at RNLI car park at Cart Gap flew south along beach
Norfolk Slav Grebe Burgh Castle still midday from watchpoint
Norfolk 18.Little Gulls flew east past Sheringham +800+Red-throated Divers
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods in The Dell near mature pines in central part briefly 12.10pm
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes flew east past Holme +5.Shag flew east. Slav Grebe on sea
Norfolk c70.Snow Buntings Salthouse 1/2ml west of Gramborough Hill
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Salthouse 1/2ml west of Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Slav Grebe Burgh Castle still 10.30am from watchpoint
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Happisburgh
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk PENDULINE TIT Haddiscoe Island in SE corner at Toft Monks Mill TG.447.009
Norfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Breydon Water South Wall Marshes +9.Russian White-fronted Geese Short-eared Owl Snow Bunting
Norfolk Slav Grebe Burgh Castle off watchpoint
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 10.04am
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore +Shag Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 19.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still beyond roped-off area at 9.37am (+3.Slav Grebes 5.Little Gulls 2.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 7.Twite Thornham Harbour still north of car park by boats at 8.27am
Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew east over Cley NWT at c8.05am
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Cley over Glaven saltings just north of windmill at 7.35am then flew along Blakeney Point
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still offshore +Black-throated Diver 2.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 3.Short-eared Owls y'day Haddiscoe Island viewed from mound in Waveney Forest +ringtail Hen Harrier