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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 Friday 22nd March 2019

On the sea today 12 Common Scoters, 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers and a Red-necked Grebe were of note. A ring-tail Hen Harrier was hunting near Thornham Harbour and a Firecrest was in the pines behind the sea-watching hide. A single Wheatear was out on the grazing marsh during the afternoon.

In the moth traps another Dotted Chestnut, 5 Small Quakers, 4 Clouded Drabs, 13 Hebrew Characters, 2 Common Quakers and an Early Thorn were recorded.

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Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 2.44pm opposite visitor centre
Norfolk Black Redstart male Great Yarmouth by Haven Holiday Camp entrance at 2.30pm
Norfolk hybrid Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull ad still Blakeney Harbour at 2.05pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew south just south of Happisburgh at 1.40pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 1.33pm in pine
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv 1ml NE of Bacton flew ESE past gas terminal at 1.24pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv 2mls south of Mundesley at Knapton flew SE over church at 1.18pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv just south of Cromer flew ESE at 1pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney still
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew over Kelling Heath at 12.49pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv 1ml east of Cley still 12.38pm in wood south of Snipes Marsh
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton in paddock at Low Road
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew east over Morston at 12.15pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT this morning
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew east over Cley NWT at 12.25pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew east over Holkham Hall at 11.59am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Burnham Overy still 11.45am over wood south of grazing marsh
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still from car park at 11.05am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Burnham Overy flew east to grazing marsh at 11.08am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holme Dunes on sea
Norfolk 2.Wheatears (both males) Salthouse at 10.19am
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT still on Lady Fen +Cattle Egret still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Beeston Common still
Norfolk Common Crane 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Great White Egret. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB again on sea
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk 2+Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool. 4.Slav Grebes on sea +2.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk 7.Twite Thornham Harbour still on coal barn
Norfolk Hen Harrier y'day Holme Dunes +White Wagtail