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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 Tuesday 12th February 2019

A look at the sea mid-morning produced a single drake Long-tailed Duck, four Eider, twelve Red-breasted Merganser and two Goldeneye. The Twite were again present in Thornham Harbour with a count of thirteen birds made. Water Levels are returning to normal again at nearby Redwell Marsh, with several hundred Teal and Wigeon noted on there during the course of the day.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets near Welney WWT still at 100.Foot Drain on bank from suspension bridge
Norfolk Great Northern Diver y'day flew south past Hemsby. On Sunday Dartford Warbler
Norfolk Firecrest Winterton North Dunes in holm oaks at north end of plantation at 10.10am
Norfolk Great White Egret between Wormegay +Middleton at 1.04pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Black Brant ad Holkham Freshmarsh in field east of north end of Lady Anne's Drive +showing well with Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose)
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham still opposite Funky Mackerel cafe at 10.33a
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Welney WWT
Norfolk 3.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB still by 4th pit on bank between hides
Norfolk 15+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +just west of roped-off area at 9.30am
Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew east over Burnham Norton at 11am
Norfolk 13.Twite Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham Harbour in creek north of car park at 9.44am
Norfolk 2.Jack Snipe Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR on East Lake on northern island at 9.15am
Norfolk 5.Twite Thornham Harbour still by raised car park at 9.21am
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Clippesby. 5.Common Cranes Thurne
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Clippesby. 5.Common Cranes Thurne
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still on beach east of north end of East Bank on seal carcass at west end of Sea Pool
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Titchwell RSPB on sea +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea +male Hen Harrier flew west