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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 Saturday 20th April 2019

A beautiful day with a few migrants still moving, highlights were 2 Eider and 2 Common Scoter offshore together with 4 Sandwich Terns passing, a Red Kite, 14 Whimbrel flew over calling, a Black-tailed Godwit and 12 Ruff were on the grazing marsh, Barn and Short-eared Owl were seen during the day, 5 Sand Martins and 12 Swallows flew through and 10 Chiffchaffs, 6 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler singing, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Grasshopper Warblers, 8 Sedge Warblers, 4 Ring Ouzels on the NWT, 2 Stonechats, 6 + Wheatears, a Yellow Wagtail, one Tree Pipit, a Brambling and 2 Redpolls all recorded.



Male Emperor Moth hatched during the day and a Water Carpet was the highlight in the moth traps


Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Goshawk ad.male Sculthorpe Moor NR again 4.21pm viewable from scrape
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels y'day Hemsby +Long-eared Owl
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 5.10pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes in field north of main track near tin hut from Weaver's Way. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 11+Arctic Terns still early evng Filby Broad +fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Whinchat male Burnham Overy Dunes towards Gun Hill at 4.57pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Morston still 4pm in horse paddock opposite church. Great White Egret flew west at 3.50pm
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB on main scrape from hide at 3.50pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Aldeby still on pool viewed from river bank at Castle Marshes +Great White Egret
Norfolk Purple Sand y'day Hunstanton still on beach between groynes.13 +14 at 7.37am
Norfolk 3.Garganey (2.drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes this morning +8.Common Cranes flew over. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Burnham Overy Dunes still 1.35pm 200yds west of pines
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Morston still 1.57pm in horse paddock opposite church
Norfolk c30.Arctic Terns Filby Broad at west end
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Spotted Redshank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1.27pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes from bench by main track. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 12.50pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes viewed from south bank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2+Little Gulls Welney WWT
Norfolk Great White Egret Heacham South Beach
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Holme Dunes still
Norfolk no sign of Slav Grebe Filby Broad but fem.Scaup
Norfolk Goshawk ad.male Sculthorpe Moor NR again 12.41pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel on Thursday Hemsby
Norfolk Little Gull Welney WWT
Norfolk 2.Black Terns y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Winterton at plantation late morning then flew north
Norfolk Great White Egret Belton Marshes
Norfolk Firecrest Burnham Overy Dunes in hawthorn at start of boardwalk at 10.45am
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still late morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Morston still 10.55am in horse paddock near church
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Heacham
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still +Spoonbill. probable Siberian Chiffchaff just west of pines
Norfolk Redstart male Snettisham Coastal Park in cleared area at 8am
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 10.25am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes viewed from south bank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Burnham Overy Dunes still
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water +4.Little Gulls 2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park still in field opposite start of inner bank to Heacham
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Morston in horse paddock opposite church
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NWT from coast path
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sheringham at Beeston Bump on sports field
Norfolk 2.Redstarts Wells Wood: 1.in scrub west of Dell, male at north end of Dell
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes on north side (+2.drk.Garganey 3.Common Cranes Great White Egret). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Black Redstart Titchwell in paddock by farm machinery
Norfolk Redstart Wells Wood in scrub west of Dell
Norfolk Spoonbill flew NE over Heacham