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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.

Friday 4th January 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still 2.43pm Wells harbour in channel opposite caravan park
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes Clippesby
Norfolk no sign of Cattle Egret Heigham Holmes near farm buildings from Martham Ferry this a'noon but 5+Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Caspian Gull Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 2.30pm
Norfolk 2.Taiga Bean Geese Happisburgh at crossroads at 2pm with c1,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk probable Black-necked Grebe Barton Broad mid a'noon tho distant +fem.Long-tailed Duck still +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still late morning: 1.in paddocks, 3.at Lynford Hall
Norfolk possible Northern Treecreeper (nominate form familiaris) still Titchwell RSPB on Meadow Trail
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still this a'noon Welney WWT from Main Hide tho distant
Norfolk Slav Grebe y'day Holkham Gap on sea
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Cley by boats west of beach car park late morning
Norfolk 15.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB from river bank 1/4ml east of Hassingham Beck Sluice viewed towards beet factory at 12.20pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Snettisham RSPB still on saltmarsh
Norfolk Great White Egret Snettisham RSPB still on saltmarsh early morning
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Gorleston still on sea at south end of cliffs at midday
Norfolk Bewick's Swan ad Salthouse at end of Beach Road on flood late morning
Norfolk Shorelark Holkham Bay still west of roped-off area east of Holkham Gap (+20.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk 14.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB in sedges near railway from end of Burnt House Road at 11.36am (+186.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea +2.Slav Grebes Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still 11.05am on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk 12.Common Cranes near Thurne in field north of road opposite reservoir at 10.44am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still mid morning +3.fem.Scaup
Norfolk reported Red-necked Grebes Wells harbour opposite old granary building are Little Grebes
Norfolk reported Red-necked Grebes Wells harbour opposite old granary building are Little Grebes
Norfolk no sign of redhead.Smew Ormesby Little Broad /Filby Broad
Norfolk 6.Red-necked Grebes Wells harbour opposite old granary building at 9.45am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still Wells harbour in channel opposite caravan park at 9.40am
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still Welney WWT from Main Hide
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk 4.Hen Harriers (1.male) y'day Warham Greens roost at 4pm +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks y'day Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe still