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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 Saturday 16th February 2019

A ring-tail Hen Harrier flew along the southern edge of the Broadwater at 9.40am and 3 Crossbills were in the pines. A Siskin flew over calling and at least 1 Barn Owl was hunting near the village. On the grazing marshes 11 Ruff and a Black-tailed Godwit were of interest. A Cetti's Warbler and 2 Stonechats were around the reserve, and 12 Twite were seen in Thornham Harbour.


A female Crossbill photographed by Nick Bowman

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Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Buckenham Marshes RSPB again east of hide at 3pm
Norfolk 60.Snow Buntings Cley
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley off coastguards car park at 2.40pm with c500.Common Scoters
Norfolk 2.Glaucous Gulls (both juvs) still 2.20pm Cley NWT on North Scrape then 1.flew west
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area at 1.43pm
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Sculthorpe Moor NR still 1.50pm at feeders at Portakabins
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 opposite bungalow just south of suspension bridge at 1.06pm PE14 9TF
Norfolk 2.Glaucous Gulls Cley NWT on North Scrape at 1.10pm
Norfolk c40.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 12.51pm on North Scrape
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 12.42pm c1/2ml east of East Bank on seal carcass then flew west towards reserve
Norfolk 40+Snow Buntings Cley still east of East Bank at 11.45am tho mobile
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 11.45am c1/2ml east of East Bank on seal carcass
Norfolk 15.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+20.Snow Buntings. 60.Russian White-fronted Geese on freshmarsh) TF.896.458
Norfolk 15.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk 12.Twite Thornham Harbour still from sea wall 400yds NW of car park at 10.36am
Norfolk Dartford Warbler y'day Holkham Bay still 3pm east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area +25.Snow Buntings. Great White Egret from Joe Jordan Hide +10.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv c1.25mls south of Brancaster at B1153/ Sussex Farm junction at 9.58am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 9.55am c1/2ml east of East Bank on seal carcass
Norfolk Great White Egret ESE of Wells by Stiffkey Road
Norfolk 3.Mealy Redpolls Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins at 9.29am
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Thetford on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way at recycling centre at 8.15am TL.854.819
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 9.04am c1/2ml east of East Bank on seal carcass (+7.Snow Buntings still)
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park with Lesser Redpolls
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 8.51am on North Scrape
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins at 8.09am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still east of East Bank at 8am (+1+Snow Bunting)