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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 21st February 2019

The sea again proved productive, with this morning's sea watch producing 15 Long-tailed Ducks, 11 Eider, two Great Northern Divers and a Slavonian Grebe. A Red Kite was seen over the Broadwater and at least eight Stonechats were again present. The mornings hide tide made locating any Twite in Thornham Harbour more difficult and only three were seen.

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Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 1.49pm (+28.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still late morning 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Grimston Warren still over hill near tower at 1.05pm +showing well
Norfolk Water Pipit 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +Great White Egret 2.Russian White-fronted Geese. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 opposite bungalow just west of suspension bridge PE14 9TF
Norfolk 30+Snow Buntings Cley NWT still along shingle ridge east of East Bank
Norfolk Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB still early morning
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Beeston Common again near large ash tree at end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk Glossy Ibis flew over Halvergate Marshes at 9.50am
Norfolk Glossy Ibis till c9.40am Breydon Water at NE end then flew west
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 9.30am (+5.Mealy Redpolls) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Slav Grebe Holme Dunes still on sea +15.Long-tailed Ducks 2.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Breydon Water at NE end mid morning