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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 Sunday 17th March 2019

A flock of 19 Ruff were on the grazing marsh and a Spotted Redshank flew west. At least 3 Barn Owls were hunting during the afternoon, and a Cetti's Warbler was heard at the village hides.

In the moth traps another Dotted Chestnut, 2 Small Quakers, 3 Common Quakers, 3 Hebrew Characters, 5 Mottled Grey, a Pine Beauty, 6 Dotted Borders and a Clouded Drab were caught.

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Norfolk Little Ringed Plover Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape late a'noon
Norfolk Turtle Dove 1w still Blakeney
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh 100yds from Parrinder Hide
Norfolk Slav Grebe flew west past Sheringham at 6.22am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Beeston Common still near end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still mid a'noon 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley still on sea off beach car park
Norfolk 10+Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle east of north end of East Bank
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still by East Bank. male.Wheatear still in Eye Field
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT still (+2.Cattle Egrets). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still from Reedbed Hide at 10.30am
Norfolk Jack Snipe Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR still on north island on east lake
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) Cockley Cley still in garden (+15.Mealy Redpolls)
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Walcott again at north end of beach at c8am
Norfolk Slav Grebe Cley NWT still 10.35am just west of north end of East Bank on brackish pool
Norfolk 11.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT on Billy's Wash mid morning
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese (2.ads) y'day Cley NWT still on Billy's Wash. Water Pipit on Whitwell Scrape then flew west
Norfolk hybrid Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull ad y'day Blakeney harbour
Norfolk Slav Grebe Cley NWT on North Scrape at 9am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+2.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 6.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum early morning
Norfolk 12.Tundra Bean Geese y'day Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) y'day still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+2+Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN