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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 4th March 2019

Another blustery day but with some spring-like sunshine. A Red Kite was flushing wildfowl on the marsh and a big female Sparrowhawk was along Broadwater Road. A Peregrine flew over the dunes early afternoon. Also of interest today were 250 Golden Plover, 52 Lapwing and 10 Ruff.

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Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk 3.Mealy Redpolls 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp this morning. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk Spoonbill 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes this morning. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Hawfinch y'day Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still at Holkham Gap at 1.30pm
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Beeston Common still near end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk Sand Martin Gorleston flew over cliffs
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins at 11.03am NR21 9GN
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard y'day between Weybourne +Sheringham by A149 at 3pm
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea