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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.

Thursday 1st November 2018

A miserable wet but mild day with little visible migration, but 2 Stonechats, 2 Rock Pipits and 10 Twite were of note at Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk KING EIDER ecl.drk Sheringham still 2pm on sea near flags in line with shelter
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Sheringham early morning
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton on roof of bungalow along back path
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters (4.drks) Cley off coastguards at 1.57pm
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters (1.drk) Cley off coastguards at 1.41pm
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich at Colney GPs
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem/juv.drk Barton Broad still tho distant +2.Scaup
Norfolk KING EIDER ecl.drk Sheringham still 11.55am on sea east of shelter
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 1/2ml E.of Salthouse +N.of A149 Coast Rd at Meadow Lane from 2nd gate at 11.15am. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Winterton drifted south offshore
Norfolk KING EIDER ecl.drk Sheringham still drifted east on sea west of lifeboat station at 10.50am tho distant
Norfolk no news on ecl.drk.King Eider Sheringham
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks 2/3ml east of Holkham Gap on beach at 9am
Norfolk 2.Siberian Chiffchaffs Winterton South Dunes below holiday camp
14:47 01/11/2018