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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.

Sunday 3rd February 2019

Two Barn Owls were hunting late afternoon and 26 Ruff and a Black-tailed Godwit were also of interest.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still +fem.Scaup still
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks flew east past Sheringham at 3.10pm
Norfolk 2+Mealy Redpolls Wells Woods at east end near Abraham's Bosom at 1.30pm. Pale-bellied Brent Goose Holkham still at north end of Lady Anne's Drive at midday +hybrid Black Brant still
Norfolk 2+Mealy Redpolls Wells Woods at east end near Abraham's Bosom at 1.30pm. Pale-bellied Brent Goose Holkham still at north end of Lady Anne's Drive at midday +hybrid Black Brant still
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT still (+Cattle Egret Great White Egret). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 20+Russian White-fronted Geese Halvergate east of Branch Road
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Weybourne on sea this morning
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese Winterton
Norfolk c200.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Long-eared Owl reported Clenchwarton
Norfolk 14.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike north of Santon Downham still early a'noon at Santon Warren south of railway +north of River Little Ouse in trees between reedbed +paddock
Norfolk no sign of redhead.Smew Snettisham RSPB by 1pm nor Scaup but Short-eared Owl still
Norfolk 3.Mealy Redpolls Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins
Norfolk c50.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area +Dartford Warbler still. Long-tailed Duck offshore TF.896.458
Norfolk 22.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap west of roped-off area (+c20.Russian White-fronted Geese) TF.896.458
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Thornham Harbour
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT again at north end of East Bank mid morning
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike north of Santon Downham still at Santon Warren south of railway +north of River Little Ouse at 9.10am