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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 Friday 15th February 2019

At least 4 Red Kites passed over and two Peregrines were also noted. Three Barn Owls were hunting during the afternoon, one near the Broadwater, one near Thornham Harbour and a third near the village hides. On the grazing marshes over 1000 Lapwings and 400 Golden Plover were still present, and on the sea highlights included 10 Eiders, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, a Fulmar, and 14 Great Crested Grebes. Two Stonechats were on the NWT dunes reserve.

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Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Burnham Norton towards Burnham Overy Staithe at 3.12pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Somerton Holmes mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Willow Tits Sculthorpe Moor NR along main drain behind Whitley Hide at 2.40pm
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still 1.27pm at feeders at Portakabins
Norfolk possible Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island from mound in Waveney Forest at 1.12pm then flew west (+ringtail.Hen Harrier flew north at 1.20pm) TG.457.011
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Beeston Common still near large ash tree at end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still c1/2ml east of East Bank on seal carcass at 12.25pm (+46.Snow Buntings still)
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area at midday
Norfolk 6.Water Pipits 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes this morning +Great White Egret 2.Common Cranes 74.Russian White-fronted Geese. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins at 11am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Jack Snipe Thetford still at Nunnery Lakes NR from bank near fishermen's car park
Norfolk 20+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in hornbeams
Norfolk 15.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 8.30am