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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 8th Noveber 2018

A relatively quiet day with  three Snow Buntings on beach behind the Observatory the highlight.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 1.50pm 1/2ml E.of Salthouse +N.of A149 Coast Rd at Meadow Lane from 2nd gate. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk Sheringham still 12.30pm on sea off golf course
Norfolk 8.Snow Buntings Winterton north of beach cafe on beach by red markers
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Burnham Overy Dunes this a'noon +showing well
Norfolk Spoonbill 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 10.10am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 12.43pm 1/2ml E.of Salthouse +N.of A149 Coast Rd at Meadow Lane from 2nd gate. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren late morning +showing well
Norfolk Parrot Crossbill male still Horsford at St.Faith's Common at 11.30am TG.180.175
Norfolk no sign of Lapland Bunting Winterton north of beach cafe on beach by red markers late morning (but 2+Snow Buntings still +Red-necked Grebe still on sea)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Ringstead still 11.38am 1/2ml east of windmill
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard between Ringstead +Thornham still mid morning on ridge viewable from Green Lane
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Cley on sea off beach car park at 10.59am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey still opposite 2nd steps south of Nelson Head track
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk Sheringham still on sea off RNLI station TG.152.435
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton still north of beach cafe on beach by red markers (+7.Snow Buntings)
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 9.57am. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay just east of Holkham Gap (+24+Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 6.Waxwings still Kelling by bookshop at 9.11am. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk no news on Eastern Stonechat sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male 1/2ml E.of Salthouse +N.of A149 Coast Rd at Meadow Lane. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard 1/4ml west of Ringstead Common +just north of Burnham Road in oak in hedge at 8.30a
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB on Tidal Pool. 2.Long-tailed Ducks on sea