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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.

Tuesday 1st January 2019

Seawatching today produced 4 Great Skuas, 70 Eiders, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 29 Common Scoters, 33 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 12 Great Crested Grebes, and 1 Red-necked Grebe. At least 13 Twite were still in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Cattle Egret still Heigham Holmes near farm buildings early morning
Norfolk 20+Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still mid a'noon +20+Whooper Swans still
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still 1.15pm Wells Harbour on bank opposite beach car park
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still 1.20pm on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk c90.Russian White-fronted Geese Breydon Water flew west towards Berney Marshes at 1pm
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk 3.Bewick's Swans just NW of Sea Palling by B1159
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper SE of North Walsham at Briggate still midday on canal TG.315.274
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew over Welney WWT
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose Horning in 1st field east of vilage with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still 11.15am from viewing platform +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Hopton-on-Sea still from south end of Warren Lane
Norfolk 1+Russian White-fronted Goose Welney WWT still
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still c10.40am Wells Harbour on bank opposite caravan park
Norfolk 8.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from windpump mid morning then flew east (+35+Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck flew past Cley
Norfolk c25.Snow Buntings NW of Sea Palling on beach SE of North Gap
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still tho distant but no sign of any Scaup
Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Cley NWT flew west along beach towards beach car park at 9.15am
Norfolk 13.Twite Thornham Harbour still near Coal Barn
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Wells Harbour on bank opposite caravan park
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper SE of North Walsham at Briggate again on canal at 8.45am TG.315.274
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew east past West Runton +6.Russian White-fronted Geese flew west
Norfolk 4.Waxwings Norwich SW of Chapelfield Gardens still by underpass in tree by Walpole Gardens at 8.05am TG.225.082
Norfolk 3.Waxwings Norwich SW of Chapelfield Gardens still by underpass in tree by Walpole Gardens