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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 29th March 2019

A bright and sunny day with a light southerly breeze, a few migrants were seen with 4 Sandwich Terns passing west offshore, a Swallow through west and at least one Crossbill in the pines in the NWT car park. A pair of adult Med Gulls flew high over the Observatory and at least 10 Chiffchaffs were recorded during the day. A group of 16 Pink-feet were on the grazing marsh, and 2 Blackcaps were heard. Seven Siskins flew over the pines calling.

In the moth traps 4 Clouded Drabs, an Early Thorn, 7 Small Quakers, a Common Quaker and 15 Hebrew Characters were counted, and butterflies included 8 Peacocks, 2 Brimstones, a Comma and a male Orange-tip.

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Norfolk Hooded Crow Horsey +Great White Egret
Norfolk Crossbill fem Blakeney at Blakeney Manor Hotel in old oak tree at 3.30pm
Norfolk Little Ringed Plover Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 3pm
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Cattle Egret drk.Scaup Spoonbill Great White Egret). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Burnham Norton Marsh still 2.30pm +4+Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap on saltmarsh near roped-off area mid a'noon TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Norwich still 1.15pm at Whitlingham Ctry Park on south side of Little Broad as viewed from east east tho elusive
Norfolk Black Redstart Blakeney Point at Plantation this a'noon +Short-eared Owl over dunes
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still in pines opposite entrance at 11.25am then flew off +lost to view
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Norwich still at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Little Broad at 11.19am
Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Overy Dunes on grazing marsh by sea wall at 11am
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Burnham Norton Marsh mid morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton Marsh still
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Stiffkey on saltmarsh from car park
Norfolk Great White Egret Claxton Marshes still at 8.15am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB
Norfolk Hooded Crow flew east over Sidestrand at 7.22am