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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.

Wednesday 14th November 2018

Ten Twite were in around the harbour at Thornham, at times approachable as they drunk from the puddles there.
Twite at Thornham Harbour

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Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes still 3.18pm over wood NW of toad pools tho distant
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT in field off Beach Road with Dark-bellied Brent Geese mid a'noon
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cromer still east of pier at 2.25pm +showing well
Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes still 2.43pm over wood NW of toad pools
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL on 28th October near Burnham Market +DUSKY WARBLER. On 18th October DUSKY WARBLER Scolt Head Island NNR
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL on 28th October near Burnham Market +DUSKY WARBLER. On 18th October DUSKY WARBLER Scolt Head Island NNR
Norfolk 3.Waxwings Breydon Water flew west over South Wall late morning (+Great White Egret on marsh tho distant)
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk still mid a'noon Sheringham on sea off RNLI station
Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes again 1.48pm
Norfolk c60.Snow Buntings Cley flew east
Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes till 1.23pm inland of conifer plantation then lost to view
Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes still mid a'noon. swift sp flew north over Horsey
Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes still mid a'noon. swift sp flew north over Horsey
Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters Cley still on sea off coastguards early a'noon but no sign of Black-throated Diver
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham harbour still
Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes still 12.14pm over wood NW of toad pools
Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes over wood NW of toad pools at 11.56am
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk still Sheringham on sea by crab pot flags west of promenade late morning
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Berney Marshes at 10.50am
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Blakeney Freshmarsh still in NW corner mid morning tho mobile (+c13.Twite)
Norfolk Black-throated Diver ad Cley on sea off coastguards drifting west at 10.52am
Norfolk 7.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still at east end in fenced-off area
Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters Cley still on sea off coastguards mid morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Blakeney on saltmarsh by quay
Norfolk Slav Grebe Breydon Water at west end opposite North Wall pumphouse
Norfolk Little Auk Titchwell RSPB on sea then flew west