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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 Wednesday 13th March 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w flew north past Horsey at 2.15pm
Norfolk Purple Sand flew south past Hopton-on-Sea +Bonxie flew south
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 under suspension bridge at 9.20am PE14 9TF
Norfolk 2+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from main observatory +showing well. 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) still 10am 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins +showing well. Reserve now closed for rest of day due to weather NR21 9GN
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad on 2nd March Burnham Overy Marsh with Pink-footed Geese (for 2nd day)
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley on sea off beach car park at 10am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins +showing well NR21 9GN
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still at freshmarsh
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll y'day 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN