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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.

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 19th February 2019

A Great Northern Diver was on the sea early morning. On the reserve Stonechats were easily seen with seven on the east bank and at least two more along the approach road. Fourteen Twite were still present in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Water Pipit 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +3.Great White Egrets 68.Russian White-fronted Geese Hen Harrier. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 11am but no sign this a'noon NR21 9GN
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still c1/2ml east of East Bank on seal carcass at 1pm
Norfolk 5.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT between beach car park +North Scrape on Billy's
Norfolk 43.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Holme NOA on sea behind observatory
Norfolk Glossy Ibis flew over Cockley Cley late morning
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea mid morning
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea +2.Slav Grebes 4+Great Northern Divers
Norfolk 19+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddock
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB again over Thornham Marsh