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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 Monday 25th March 2019

A major movement of Kittiwakes took place with 809 west in 4 and a quarter hours and 11 Eiders, 4 Common Scoters, 15 Red-breasted Mergansers, 13 Fulmars, 5 Gannets and 9 Great Crested Grebes also recorded offshore. Also of note today were 3 Spoonbills which landed on the NWT grazing marshes, 14 Pink-feet, 11 Ruff, an adult Med Gull, one Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaffs, a pair of Stonechats on the east bank and 11 Siskins in the pines.

In the moth traps an Oak Beauty, 6 Small Quakers, 4 Hebrew Characters, 1 Common Quaker, 2 Clouded Drabs, a Powdered Quaker and a Pine Beauty were present.

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Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham on rocks opposite Mo early a'noon
Norfolk Spoonbill flew north past Waxham +Firecrest
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills (all ads) flew over Titchwell RSPB this morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR at 8.30am +showing well
Norfolk Spoonbill flew north past Winterton
Norfolk 11+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT this a'noon (+Spoonbill still). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Spoonbill Berney Marshes RSPB late morning
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still in wood opposite visitor centre at 9.50am
Norfolk Cattle Egret 3.5mls WNW of Great Yarmouth by A47 Acle Straight north of Britannia Farm at 7.37am TG.478.089 NR30 1TH
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets y'day still Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 by suspension bridge mid a'noon PE14 9TF
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) still Salthouse just south of A149 on feeder in garden at 7.35am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still from Island Hide. Jack Snipe Patsys Pool
Norfolk 5.Slav Grebes y'day Titchwell RSPB on sea