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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 Sunday 17th February 2019

At least 4 Stonechats were feeding in front of the Observatory on and off during the day.

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Norfolk c20.Twite Thornham Harbour still north of car park
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still 2.30pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 1.15pm c1/2ml east of East Bank on seal carcass (+c40.Snow Buntings still)
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL again 1pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk 5.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Holkham flew east over Holkham Bay late morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck drk Cley NWT flew east past beach car park late morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Winterton
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls 2mls north of King's Lynn at Lynn Point TF.602.239
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Weybourne Camp offshore
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 10.20am (+4.Mealy Redpolls) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still c1/2ml east of East Bank on seal carcass
Norfolk Willow Tit Sculthorpe Moor NR still
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea. Water Pipit on freshmarsh. Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea. Water Pipit on freshmarsh. Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 157.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 8am
Norfolk 37.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum early morning
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew east past Weybourne
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB still on grazing meadow