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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 Thursday 21st March 2019

Overhead passage was subdued during the morning with just a trickle of Meadow Pipits, a few Reed Bunting and a single Fieldfare. Arrivals included 5 Wheatears in the dunes, a Firecrest behind the Observatory in the morning, later seen near the heligoland trap and at least 10 Chiffchaffs with 2 ringed. Hen Harrier and Red Kite were of note and a White Wagtail was on the east bank with Pied Wagtails. Other interest included Bearded Tits on the edge of the Broadwater by the Observatory and 2 Mediterranean Gulls overhead mid-afternoon.

Two of the Northern Wheatears in the dunes - Holme Bird Obs, March 2019 © David Bratt

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Norfolk 9.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders beyond Portakabins at 1.15pm (+2 Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Cattle Egret SW of Castle Acre at South Acre by South Acre Road at Church Farm at 6.30pm PE32 2AD TF.812.143
Norfolk Hen Harrier Ringtail Thornham Harbour at 6.10pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still from viewing platform +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 4.05pm in wood north of road viewed from c200yds east of visitor centre
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Cley NWT still mid a'noon 2.on Whitewell Scrape 1.on Billy's Wash
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT on Lady Fen
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape at 2.40pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 suspension bridge at 2.30pm + showing well
Norfolk 11.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still on Billy's Wash this morning
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew south over Welney WWT +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still this a'noon in wood north of road
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp this morning. Keep to public rights of way.
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water
Norfolk Firecrest Wells Woods on south side of the Dell at 11.06am
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham
Norfolk no sigh of juv.White-tailed Eagle Wighton
Norfolk 11.Tundra Bean Geese still Welney WWT from main observatory at c10.10am. Reserve open 9-30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 3.Wheatears Kelling Quags early morning
Norfolk 2 Wheatears (1.male) Cley at beach car park
Norfolk no sigh of drk.Baikal Teal Welney WWT by 9.30am
Norfolk 4.Wheatears (all males) Cley NWT on shingle ridge by Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk2.Slav Greves Titchwell RSPB still on sea +3.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool
MEGA Norfolk BAIKAL TEAL drk y'day Welney WWT on island from main oservatory 3pm-5pm. Reserver open 9.30am-5pm. PE14 9TN