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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 7th November 2018

The Twite were again present along the seawall between the observatory and Thornham Harbour, seemingly twelve in total. A Rough-legged Buzzard was seen at the southern edge of the grazing Marsh and at least two noisy Bearded Reedlings were in the reeds adjacent to the sluice along the seawall.

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Norfolk 1+Parrot Crossbill still Horsford at St.Faith's Common mid a'noon TG.180.175
Norfolk no sign of Great Grey Shrike Grimston Warren near quarry by brick tower mid a'noon
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk Sheringham still 1pm on sea 1/2ml west of lifeboat station
Norfolk Black Brant still 1.23pm Stiffkey on saltmarsh 200yds east of car park with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk no news on 1w.Grey Phal Winterton off North Beach
Norfolk 6.Waxwings still this a'noon Kelling by bookshop in garden of old barn house +showing well. Keep to public rights of way
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 11.55am tho distant TG.152.435
Norfolk 6.Waxwings still 10.29am Kelling by bookshop in garden of old barn house +showing well. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk 12.Twite Thornham Harbour on west side on saltmarsh by coast path near last bend
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Welney WWT
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay in exclosure east of Holkham Gap at 11.34am
Norfolk 8+Shorelarks Holkham Bay on shingle north of Holkham Gap at 11.09am
Norfolk 3.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB on Volunteer Marsh at 8.30am
Norfolk 6.Waxwings still Kelling by bookshop. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk Black Brant Stiffkey on saltmarsh with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard y'day south of Holme over ridge