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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 Saturday 30th March 2019

Another beautiful spring day, with light winds and hazy sunshine. A Red Kite drifted over and 6 Black-tailed Godwits and 6 Ruff were at the NWT hides. Two Swallows flew through west, at least 10 Chiffchaffs were present and a single Redwing flew over early morning together with at least 9 Redpolls with one Mealy Redpoll trapped and ringed. On the NWT reserve a Black Redstart and 3 Wheatears were of note and along the east bank a pair of Stonechats were feeding, with 3 Siskins flying over calling.

The moth trap contained 15 Hebrew Characters, 2 Clouded Drabs, 12 Small Quakers, 2 Common Quakers and 2 Red Chestnuts. Butterflies included Orange Tip, Brimstone and Peacock.

A Natterjack Toad was calling near the pond.



Mealy Redpoll and female Stonechat ringed at the Obs during the morning


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Norfolk 11.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap west of roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still 2.10pm north of road +showing well
Norfolk 10.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk Black Redstart Holme Dunes +Hen Harrier
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls Barton Broad from viewing platform at 1.10pm +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Barton Broad from viewing platform at 12.45pm
Norfolk Bittern booming Cley NWT still 10am
Norfolk no further sign of Short-eared Owl West Runton from car park by 11am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still north of visitor centre at 9.53am
Norfolk Common Tern Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk Reed Warbler 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burgh Castle +2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 2.Garganey 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +Great White Egret 2.Common Cranes Russian White-fronted Goose. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Short-eared Owl West Runton from car park
Norfolk Common Tern Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park over Little Broad then flew towards Great Broad
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Norwich still at Whitlingham Ctry Park at SE end of Little Broad +showing well
Norfolk 15.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still