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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.

Monday 21st January 2019

On the sea today 6 Eiders, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 4 Goldeneye, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver and 8 Great Crested Grebes were offshore. A Barn Owl was hunting near the Broadwater and a Cetti's Warbler was calling in the reeds, with a male Stonechat also feeding along the east bank. Also of interest were a Water Rail, and 8 Marsh Harriers and a Buzzard circling high over the Obs in the middle of the day.

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Norfolk Caspian Gull (green-ringed) 1w Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR early a'noon
Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Cley NWT again in roped-off area east of beach car park at 2.32pm
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT 1/2ml south of visitor centre. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Cattle Egret 1.5mls south of Welney WWT still this a'noon by New Bedford River south of A1101 at 11.20am +showing well
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Salthouse on shingle east of Gramborough Hill at 2.28pm
Norfolk 14.Twite Thornham Harbour still 1.30pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Thornham in tree by road at 1pm then flew west TF.743.423
Norfolk no sign of Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Marshes at Toft Monks wind pump this morning (but Short-eared Owl still)
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham RSPB this morning +Little Stint Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 4.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea +drk.Velvet Scoter
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still midway between beach car park +East Bank on dead seal
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe 3.Long-tailed Ducks. Water Pipit still on freshmarsh. Spotted Redshank still on Volunteer Marsh
Norfolk no sign of any redhead Smew Rollesby Broad from fishing platform late morning
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still midday on Ormesby Little Broad from bridge just east of car park. 2.redhead Smew from viewpoint
Norfolk 16.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh still in NE corner
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still Welney WWT from Friends Hide at 10.50am tho distant (+2.Great White Egrets still. Cattle Egret flew south over visitor centre) PE14 9TN
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area at 10.50am
Norfolk no sign of 2w.Kumlien's Gull Thetford on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way at recycling centre
Norfolk Kumlien's Gull 2w on Saturday Thetford on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way at recycling centre (for 2nd day) (not Iceland Gull) [redidentified from photographs]
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still on Ormesby Little Broad from viewpoint mid morning +redhead Smew
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddocks
Norfolk 58.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap in roped-off area at 9.50am TF.896.458
Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water at Lumps at 9.39am
Norfolk 2+Velvet Scoters Weybourne on sea
Norfolk 2.Smew (both redheads) Rollesby Broad from fishing platform
Norfolk no sign of Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby on Ormesby Little Broad