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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 23rd February 2019

A superb variety of divers and grebes were on the sea today, with 3 Eiders, 15 Long-tailed Ducks, 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 5 Great Northern Divers, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes and 3 Black-necked Grebes all recorded in the morning. A Peregrine was hunting at the back of the marsh and a Cetti's Warbler was calling from the west end of the NOA reserve. A flock of 150+ Golden Plover, a Tawny Owl and 6 Siskins were also of interest.

Three Mottled Grey moths were in the moth trap.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 2.12pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+6.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 13.Shorelarks Burnham Overy Dunes at 1pm
Norfolk Glossy Ibis y'day NE of Halvergate by Branch Road at 10am then flew south
Norfolk 12.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 3.10pm TF.896.458
Norfolk Great White Egret Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 12.27pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Willow Tit reported 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR from Volunteer Hide at 11.23am NR21 9GN
Norfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Holme Dunes on sea at 11.41am
Norfolk 3.Black-necked Grebes Holme Dunes on sea at 11.35am +Red-necked Grebe 15+Long-tailed Ducks Black-throated Diver 5.Great Northern Divers 2.Slav GrebesNorfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp at 8.55am. Tomorrow fishermen's gate 600yds west of Weybourne beach car park will be open 8.30-8.45am. Please donate to Love for Leo
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 11.12am on North Scrape from screen
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 11.05am 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (3.Otters from Whitley Hide) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh +4.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 6.Mealy Redpolls 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 10.39am NR21 9GN
Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming Sculthorpe Moor NR still in wood right of main footpath to Portakabins at 9.44am
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese (2.ads) y'day Cley NWT between beach car park +North Scrape on Billy's Wash
Norfolk Velvet Scoter fem/juv.drk Cley off coastguards car park at 9am then flew west
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 9.07am 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+Mealy Redpoll) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker y'day Sculthorpe Moor NR behind Whitley Hide in a'noon
Norfolk 28.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddock at 7.40am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 1/2ml east of East Bank on seal carcass north of Sea Pool (28.Snow Buntings still on shingle north of Arnold's Marsh)
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 8.48am NR21 9GN
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton on beach between groynes.2+3 at 7am