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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 27th January 2019

Seawatching this morning produced 5 Eiders, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 12 Red-throated Divers, 2 Fulmars, 2 Gannets, 6 Great Crested Grebes, and a juvenile Pom Skua passing west offshore. The Twite flock of 14+ birds was still at Thornham Harbour and a Water Pipit was also reported.

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Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls south of Titchwell still c3.15pm SW of Choseley in hedge by road to Thornham Corner TF.750.405
Norfolk Night Heron 1w just NW of Filby at Ormesby Little Broad at SW end flew from ditch by public footpath at 2pm TG.461.137
Norfolk 2.Jack Snipe Sculthorpe Moor NR viewable from boardwalk to scrape at 2.54pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls south of Titchwell still SW of Choseley in hedge by road to Thornham Corner at 1.30pm TF.750.405
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +2.Great White Egrets 8.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham
Norfolk 2+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS (form exilipes) still Wells Woods c2/3ml west of The Dell in birches south of track at 12.50pm with Mealy Redpolls TF.899.455
Norfolk 1+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 12.30pm Wells Woods west of The Dell in birches south of track then flew east with c30.Mealy Redpolls
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Filby Broad again from platform late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Stiffkey on pools by A149
Norfolk Water Pipit Thornham harbour +14.Twite still
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe still
Norfolk 21+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham NNR still
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still c250yds east of north end of East Bank on carcass at 10.30am
Norfolk 1+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still Wells Woods on SW side of The Dell with Mealy Redpolls then flew west
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on Pit.3 TF.648.317
Norfolk Pom Skua flew west past Holme
Norfolk 22.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 8.45am (+60.Snow Buntings still)