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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 Thursday 25th April 2019

Approaching rain produced a few interesting migrants with a Great White Egret flying over east and then west during the morning and 4 Whimbrel, 18 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper near the Broadwater, a Cuckoo, a Peregrine flying through east, a Woodlark flew over the car parks and 2 Fieldfares, 3 Song Thrushes, a Redwing and 2 Wheatears were also of interest.

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Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still this a'noon Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide mid a'noon
Norfolk CITRINE WAGTAIL fem on Tuesday Sheringham in fields near Dead Man's Wood in a'noon then flew west
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still mid a'noon 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes on pool viewed from beyond 2nd bench. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon on grazing meadow
Norfolk Pied Fly male 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills this a'noon cTF.925.458
Norfolk 3.Blue-headed Wagtails (2.males) West Runton in cattle field by beach car park early a'noon
Norfolk Spoonbill 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still from Cadbury Hide
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes on pool viewed from beyond 2nd bench late morning. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels west of Sheringham
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 9.55am
Norfolk Little Stint still 9.52am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide. Spotted Redshank on Whitwell Scrape
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Garganey flew south past Winterton
Norfolk Osprey y'day Rockland Broad
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB still on grazing meadow
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Cley NWT
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby in reeds east of track viewed from bend at 7.28am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr male singing Northrepps
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Strumpshaw Fen RSPB flew over Reception