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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 9th December 2018

On the sea today 35 Eiders, 3 Common Scoters, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, a Fulmar, 13 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Guillemots were logged, with 1850 Lapwings over the ridge and 23 Golden Plover on the grazing marshes, a Barn Owl hunting near the village hides and a Peregrine along south of the Broadwater.

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Norfolk 7.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still near railway mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Pale-bellied Brent Geese Wells flew over lifeboat station mid a'noon but no sign of Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 2.Ravens flew NE over Methwold at 1.30pm
Norfolk RED-RUMPED SWALLOW Gorleston-on-Sea along seafront at 1.50pm
Norfolk Richard's Pipit ENE of Stiffkey flew SE just west of Stiffkey Fen at c1.40pm
Norfolk 3.Waxwings on Friday Cley NWT flew west over car park at south end of East Bank at 1.10pm
Norfolk 5.Great Northern Divers Cley flew west past beach car park this morning
Norfolk 6.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still near railway
Norfolk 1+Great Northern Diver Wells in harbour off lifeboat station
Norfolk Smew redhead just NW of Filby on Ormesby Little Broad from wooden bridge near car park at 11.45am
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER male still 11.40am 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen along path on west side [heard only]. Use A149 layby, walk E +take f'path north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk RED-RUMPED SWALLOW ad till 9am Cley NWT just north of A149 by car park at south end of East Bank but no further sign by 11.20am TG.059.441 NR25 7XE
Norfolk 21.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still in roped-off area east of Holkham Gap mid morning (+105.Snow Buntings) TF.896.458
Norfolk Smew redhead Filby Broad opposite fishing platforms
Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers Cley flew west past beach car park +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton on saltmarsh
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley flew west past beach car park
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER male still 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen along path on west side briefly mid morning [heard only]. Use A149 layby, walk E +take f'path north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Titchwell RSPB still offshore +Slav Grebe Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still in roped-off area east of Holkham Gap TF.896.458
Norfolk RED-RUMPED SWALLOW ad still Cley NWT just north of A149 by car park at south end of East Bank TG.059.441 NR25 7XE
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs still 7.30am then flew off