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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.

Thursday 10th January 2019

Over 300 Golden Plover and 250 Lapwings were on the grazing marshes, and on the sea 60 Eiders, 2 Common Scoters, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Guillemot, a Fulmar, one Great Crested and 2 Red-necked Grebes were seen. A Barn Owl was on a post near the Broadwater and 8 Bramblings flew west over the NOA car park.

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Norfolk Black Brant ad just north of Wells till 3.30pm west of Beach Road on pitch +putt course then flew off with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 6.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still mid a'noon by railway then landed midway to River Yare (+3+Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 1+Russian White-fronted Goose Welney WWT still
Norfolk Black Brant ad Wells on pitch +putt course mid a'noon with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese SW of Thrigby still mid a'noon in wheat field by Stokesby Road south of chicken farm TG.458.119 NR29 3DS
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese Wells on Quarles Marsh viewed from footpath on west side of caravan park at c1.25pm with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still Wells harbour opposite caravan park this a'noon
Norfolk 15.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still viewed from riverbank c1/2ml east of Hassingham Beck at 12.35pm (120+Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still)
Norfolk 15.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still viewed from riverbank c1/2ml east of Hassingham Beck at 12.35pm (120+Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still)
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT still
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese 1/3ml SW of Thrigby still in field north of Stokesby Road layby TG.458.119 NR29 3DS
Norfolk 6.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still early a'noon
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Great Northern Diver. 6.Long-tailed Ducks Thornham Point
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Great Northern Diver. 6.Long-tailed Ducks Thornham Point
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on 3rd pit
Norfolk 5.Bewick's Swans Thetford at Nunnery Lakes then flew west