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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 Friday 12th April 2019

On the sea today 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and a single Gannet were of note. Raptors included a Red Kite and male Hen Harrier, while waders on the grazing marshes included 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Greenshank and 13 Ruff. A Short-eared Owl was on the NWT reserve and a Ring Ouzel was also present there during the morning but elusive. Also of interest were 3 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap and a single Crossbill in the pines.

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Norfolk Arctic Tern Norwich still 3pm at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT again on North Scrape at 2.37pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Holme Dunes +2.Water Pipits
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 2.05pm Morston c450yds west of Morston Quay near conservation area sign
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes still this morning
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes this a'noon NR29 4DD
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still this a'noon 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path +showing well
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 2.Goshawks (1.male) Sculthorpe Moor NR at 11.56am
Norfolk Arctic Tern Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad at 11.45am
Norfolk Goshawk ad.fem Sculthorpe Moor NR at 11.47am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls west of Fakenham again south of A148 over Sculthorpe Moor NR over Oak Fen at 11.20am NR21 9GN
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 10.31am Morston on edge of saltmarsh 500yds west of Morston Quay
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still between Morston +Stiffkey Fen near conservation area sign at 9.57am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path at 8.50am
Norfolk 1+Ring Ouzel male Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path tho elusive
Norfolk possible petrel sp flew east past Sheringham at c8.25am
Norfolk Arctic Tern Norwich still 3pm at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT again on North Scrape at 2.37pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Holme Dunes +2.Water Pipits
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 2.05pm Morston c450yds west of Morston Quay near conservation area sign
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes still this morning
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes this a'noon NR29 4DD
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still this a'noon 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path +showing well
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 2.Goshawks (1.male) Sculthorpe Moor NR at 11.56am
Norfolk Arctic Tern Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad at 11.45am
Norfolk Goshawk ad.fem Sculthorpe Moor NR at 11.47am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls west of Fakenham again south of A148 over Sculthorpe Moor NR over Oak Fen at 11.20am NR21 9GN
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 10.31am Morston on edge of saltmarsh 500yds west of Morston Quay
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still between Morston +Stiffkey Fen near conservation area sign at 9.57am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path at 8.50am
Norfolk 1+Ring Ouzel male Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path tho elusive
Norfolk possible petrel sp flew east past Sheringham at c8.25am