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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 29th April 2019

A Grasshopper Warbler was trapped and ringed and offshore 2 Common Scoters, a Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Tern, 4 Common Terns and 6 Sandwich Terns were recorded. A passage of 14 Swallows, 2 House Martins and a Sand Martin were noted and 3 Golden Plover, a Ruff and 4 Whimbrel were on the grazing marsh. Also of interest were 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 10 Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Whitethroats, 20 Sedge and 4 Reed Warblers, with 4 Wheatears also on the grazing marsh and a Yellow Wagtail over calling. Two Siskins were also of interest.

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Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard drifted east over Martham at 3.35pm
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml east of Potter Heigham north of Potter Heigham Marshes on pool between 2nd bench +tin hut this a'noon
Norfolk Osprey Waxham flew high west over Poplar Farm at 3.02pm
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance +Garganey TF.932.431
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Welney WWT
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 11am +2.Great White Egrets 6.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (1.male) Waxham at Waxham Sands Holiday Park on grass near toilets at 10.30am
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 11.56am east of Burnham Overy +north of A149 layby just east of track tho mobile TF.850.446
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 10.32am TF.932.431
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 9am east of Burnham Overy +north of A149 layby just east of track +showing well (+2.Cattle Egrets 2.Spoonbills Great White Egret) TF.850.446
Norfolk Spoonbill 1s Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 10.16am
Norfolk Purple Sand y'day Hunstanton on beach between groynes at 3.35pm
Norfolk 3.Whooper Swans flew east over Weybourne at 8.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still east of Burnham Overy +north of A149 layby just east of track +showing well