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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 Sunday 21st April 2019

Another good day, with temperatures reaching 23 degrees C. Highlights included Green Sandpiper and Greenshank on the marsh, a Short-eared Owl in the dunes, on the NWT 3 Ring Ouzels were still of note and 2 Firecrests were in the area of the NWT first hide, with at least 2 Cuckoos, 10 Chiffchaffs, 12 Willow Warblers, 15 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats, 7 Grasshopper Warblers, 12 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler singing at the east end of the NOA reserve, 2 Stonechats on the east bank, 3 Wheatears, 5 Yellow Wagtails a Tree Pipit, a single Siskin and 3 Crossbills over calling.

A further 6 Emperor Moths hatched during the day and butterflies included Brown Argus, Green Hairstreak, Speckled Wood, and Comma.

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Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 3.30pm Burnham Norton in ditch west of eastern wall. From car park walk east then north
Norfolk 8.Ring Ouzels Salthouse at top of Cross Street at 3.30pm. Turn right at T.junction +view field by horse field TG.077.432 NR25 7XL
Norfolk reported Black Redstart Morston in horse paddock opposite church was a Redstart
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Morston in horse paddock opposite church mid a'noon
Norfolk 7.Ring Ouzels Salthouse at top of Cross Street at 1.42pm. Turn right at T.junction +view field by horse field TG.077.432 NR25 7XL
Norfolk Firecrest Holme Dunes NWT near 1st hide at midday
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) east of Wells still mid a'noon from 1st track
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 1.17pm Burnham Norton in ditch west of eastern wall tho distant. From car park walk east then north
Norfolk Spotted Fly Titchwell RSPB at picnic area at 1.02pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +Great White Egret Common Crane. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Morston still in horse paddock opposite church +Black Redstart
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still +2.Redstarts
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 6.Ring Ouzels Salthouse at top of Cross Street at 11.30am. Turn right at T.junction +view horse field
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 12.05pm Burnham Norton in ditch west of eastern wall
Norfolk no sign of Ring Ouzel Morston in horse paddock opposite church
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 11.35am Burnham Norton by reeds viewable from eastern track
Norfolk Osprey Ormesby Little Broad late morning then flew NW
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels Salthouse at top of Cross Street at 11.15am. Turn right at T.junction +view horse field
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 10.55am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes south of main track at 2nd bench. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s Burnham Norton viewable from eastern track at 11.05am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) near Wells at North Point
Norfolk Scaup fem Barton Broad still near boardwalk at 10.43am
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still east of East Bank on The Serpentine at 10.37am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Snettisham RSPB still 10.25am in field south of approach road to car park
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 10.27am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes from bench by main track +showing well. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk hybrid Blue-headed Wagtail x Yellow Wagtil male Snettisham Coastal Park with cattle at north end
Norfolk 4+Ring Ouzels Salthouse in fields at top of Cross Street at 8am
Norfolk Hooded Crow flew past West Runton at 9am +Ring Ouzel Whinchat
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Titchwell RSPB on grazing marsh at 9.28am +Whinchat
Norfolk Garganey drk Breydon Water at west end +Spotted Redshank 3+Short-eared Owls
Norfolk 6.Velvet Scoters Cley still on sea off beach car park at 9am
Norfolk Whinchat Titchwell RSPB by east path by Patsy's Pool at 7.30am
Norfolk Black Redstart male on Friday Holme on golf course
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham RSPB in field by car park entrance
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 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