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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 Monday 15th April 2019

A little more south in the wind made a lot of difference today, with a Spoonbill heading east, 3 Red Kites drifting low over the grazing marsh, a Whimbrel flying over calling, single Black-tailed Godwit and 10 Ruff on the grazing marshes, 2 adult Med Gulls, a Short-eared Owl, 3 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 12 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, 4+ Ring Ouzels, 2 Fieldfares, a male Stonechat, 2 Tree Pipits over east, a Brambling and 4 Crossbills all of interest today.

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Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Burnham Norton at 11.45am
Norfolk 5.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Hoopoe still early a'noon Winterton off Beach Road in flight from near toilet block NR29 4DD
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 11.30am from hide
Norfolk Garganey drk Aldeby still on pool viewed from river bank at Castle Marshes
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path late morning
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton south of Beach Road on east side of South Dunes opposite lighthouse at 11.05am NR29 4DD
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between West Somerton +Horsey still mid morning with Greylag Geese (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Cley NWT flew east along A149
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Winterton at Low Road then flew off
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Cley NWT on north side of Eye Field mid morning tho mobile
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Winterton
Norfolk 2.Ospreys Rockland Broad still from hide at 8.30am
Norfolk Black Redstart Beeston Bump in sheep field at 8.15am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Beeston Bump in sheep field
Norfolk Hooded Crow flew east over Sidestrand +male.Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Cley NWT from Avocet Hide briefly 7.40am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Framingham Earl in garden briefly 7.38am then flew east
Norfolk Dark-bellied Brent Goose flew east over Colney GPs at c7.10am