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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 28th April 2019

Showers gave way to an improving picture today with highlights including a Common Sandpiper, 2 Med Gulls, one Cuckoo, a Peregrine east, 1+ (probably two) Firecrests singing in pines west of Observatory, 5 Swallows over, and 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Whitethroats, 14 Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, 2 Stonechats, and 15+ Yellow Wagtails recorded.

Butterflies included Wall Brown and Red Admiral, and another Dotted Chestnut was in the moth trap

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml east of Potter Heigham north of Potter Heigham Marshes on pool by Weavers' Way just south of wood at 3.55pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) between Blackborough End +Wormegay at Nar Valley Fisheries
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Waxham Sands Holiday Park early a'noon
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk Ring Ouzel North Creake
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still this a'noon Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track cTF.850.446
Norfolk 7.Ring Ouzels Winterton North Dunes +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Spoonbill flew north over Heacham
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham RSPB along sea wall
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Grimston Warren
Norfolk c20.Arctic Terns Filby Broad at west end
Norfolk Osprey Ormesby Little Broad
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT +Great White Egret
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh at west end viewed from A149 just west of double bend at 10.35am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Winterton still 10.10am in birches below highest dune then flew west
Norfolk Arctic Tern flew west past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Arctic Tern Strumpshaw Fen RSPB flew west along River Yare at 7.30am
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide at 8.15am
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Winterton +2+Spoonbills
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track viewable from sea wall near wooden bench cTF.850.446
Norfolk 2.Arctic Terns Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park
Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters Cley flew past beach car park