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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.

Sunday 30th December 2018

Highlights were on the sea with 85+ Eiders, single Common and Velvet Scoters, 7 Goldeneye, 66+ Red-breasted Mergansers, 7 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, an adult Gannet east, Red-necked and Slavonian Grebes and 9 Great Crested Grebes. A Razorbill, 3 Guillemots and 6 Little Gulls were also seen. A group of 5 Ruff were on the NWT pools, and 16 Twite and a Lapland Bunting were noted in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 26.Bewick's Swans flew east over Honingham at 3.34pm
Norfolk 7.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Thornham Harbour at 1.30pm (+16.Twite still)
Norfolk 2+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still in roped-off area east of Holkham Gap TF.896.458
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea late morning 3.Great Northern Divers Black-throated Diver 9.Little Gulls
Norfolk 4.Waxwings Norwich still 1.32pm off Walpole Street at Walpole Gardens/ Chapel Field Road
Norfolk c25.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield
Norfolk 4.Waxwings Norwich still 12.50pm near A147 at Coach +Horses Row tho mobile NR2 1RZ
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose west of West Rudham in field south of A148 at 12.45pm with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Great White Egret Kimberley at Kimberley Hall Lake
Norfolk 3.Waxwings Titchwell RSPB flew west over car park at 11.35am
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +2+Russian White-fronted Geese +escaped ad.White Stork (red-ringed)
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still midday 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill Lock +showing well TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Titchwell RSPB flew west over beach at 10.30am (+Red-necked Grebe Great Northern Diver 5+Long-tailed Ducks. Water Pipit on freshmarsh)
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes between Clippesby +Repps at 11.15am
Norfolk 6.Twite Thornham Harbour still near sluice gate at 10.45am
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 11.15am 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill Lock +showing well TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk 59.Russian White-fronted Geese Breydon Water +27,900.Golden Plovers
Norfolk 48.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still 9am +Red-necked Grebe
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still late morning on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 10am 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill Lock +showing well TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk 7.Waxwings Norwich off Union Street at Jenny Lind Park
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Walcott on sea at 10.34am +2.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill Lock at 9.33am +showing well TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 9.36am
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Gorleston off pier
Norfolk 21.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still (+6.Long tailed Ducks 2.Short-eared Owls Hen Harrier)