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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 22nd November 2018

On the sea this afternoon 2 Eiders, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 2 Guillemots. Also of interest today were a Barn Owl hunting near the east end of the village, 2 Bearded Tits along the east bank, a Rock Pipit flying over calling and at least 4 Twite in Thornham Harour.

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Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Breydon Water +Slav Grebe Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 14.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 2.22pm
Norfolk 4.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS Wells Woods this morning NR23 1DR
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB flew east over Tidal Pool
Norfolk 3+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS Wells Woods this morning NR23 1DR
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Blakeney Point at 1.11pm
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Morston in suaeda by coast path 1/4ml east of Morston Quay at 11.50am
Norfolk Great White Egret Gapton Marshes at end of Harper's Lane track then flew west
Norfolk 4+Twite Thornham Harbour still west of coast path in tree near saltmarsh at 11.13am
Norfolk 2.Great Northern Divers flew east past Sheringham 9am-10am +2.ad.Little Gulls
Norfolk 45+Snow Buntings Cley NWT on shingle just east of north end of East Bank
Norfolk 15.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh still in NW corner tho elusive
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea. Spotted Redshank on Tidal Pool still