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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.

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Highlights included a Hawfinch seen to come in off the sea during the morning, a Great Skua along the beach and a Rough-legged Buzzard hunting along the ridge to the south. Other interest in the area included c50 Redwings lingering around the scrub, 4 Fieldfares, a Mistle Thrush, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Bramblings, 2 Rock Pipits and 12 Twite in Thornham Harbour whilst along the east bank were 2 Stonechats and at least 5 Bearded Tits.

 Eurasian Sparrowhawk - Holme Bird Obs, November 2018 © David Bratt

 Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk c30.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay at east end of Holkham Gap this a'noon then flew east
Norfolk Shorelark flew over Hunstanton Cliffs
Norfolk Hawfinch Holme flew in off sea at 9.40am
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew south past Horsey
Norfolk 12.Twite Thornham harbour on posts at end of car park at 2.15pm
Norfolk no further sign of Eastern Stonechat sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male 1/2ml E.of Salthouse +N.of A149 Coast Rd at Meadow Lane late a'noon. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Welney WWT still
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Overstrand flew south over golf course
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Clippesby mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Winterton on sea this a'noon
Norfolk Grey Phal 1w still 1.25pm Winterton off North Beach opposite orange diamond (+Red-necked Grebe still +Velvet Scoter still)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey still 1.40pm in copse opposite 2nd steps south of Nelson Head track
Norfolk 6.Waxwings Kelling opposite tea rooms at 1.15pm. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk probable Black-necked Grebe reported Caister on sea off north beach at 8.30am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey still midday viewable from Horsey Straight (+Great White Egret)
Norfolk 24.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay on north side of dunes at 11.34am
Norfolk Grey Phal 1w still Winterton off North Beach opposite orange diamond at 12.56pm
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk Sheringham still 12.43pm on sea off coastguard lookout TG.152.435
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Winterton from beach car park
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Kelling opposite tea rooms at 10.53am
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 11.18am 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 3.Waxwings Kelling still opposite tea rooms at 10.38am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey still in copse opposite 2nd steps south of Nelson Head track mid morning
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets reported y'day Titchwell RSPB +8.Spoonbills
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. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk Sheringham still on sea off RNLI station at 9.45am TG.152.435
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Winterton North Dunes at north end at Bramble Hill. Lapland Bunting on beach by dunes with 2+Snow Buntings
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grimston Warren still near quarry by brick tower mid morning
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB on Volunteer Marsh. Purple Sand on beach