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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 Thursday 28th February 2019

Highlights today were on the sea where 6 Eiders, 3 Common Scoters, 40+ Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers, 13 Fulmars, a Gannet, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Red-necked Grebes, a Slavonian Grebe, and 3 probable Black-necked Grebes were all seen during the day. A Bittern flew across the grazing marshes mid afternoon and a male Hen Harrier flew east just south of the Broadwater at 3pm. Also of interest were 2 Bramblings and 12 Siskins around the pines.

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Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton still by promenade at groyne.3 at 3.20pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 2.38pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk no sign of Coues's Arctic Redpoll (form exilipes) 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR 8.15am-12.50pm NR21 9GN
Norfolk 3.Hen Harriers (1.ad.male) Titchwell RSPB over Thornham Marsh late morning. 2.Black-throated Divers still on sea
Norfolk 15.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +east of roped-off area at 12.27pm TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Beeston Common still near end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 11.18am 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Raven flew west over Wells Woods late morning
Norfolk 23.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on shingle ridge 1/4ml east of East Bank at 9.42am
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Cley NWT at 9.33am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew west past Sidestrand at 9am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea +2.Slav Grebes
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins at 7.51am (+3.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN