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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 Friday 23rd August 2019

A fairly steady steam of migrants and interest with 51 birds ringed. Highlights from ringing included 3 Stonechats, 7 Sedge Warblers, 6 Reed Warblers, 4 Willow Warblers, Blackcap, 4 Whitethroats and 4 Chiffchaffs whilst overhead waders included 2 Spotted Redshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper, at least 30 Whimbrels, 96 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Common Snipe, 8 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Spoonbills, Great White Egret, 25 Meadow Pipits and a large numbers of gulls anting - at least 5 Mediterranean Gulls were with them. Swallows were present in the morning and evening with several hundred throughout the day and a Tawny Owl was heard in the pines late afternoon.

Offshore were 3 Arctic Skuas, 66 Sandwich Terns, 18 Comomn Terns, 6 Gannets and 13 Common Scoters and the best of the moth traps included Gold Spot, 2 White-points, 4 Silver Ys, Iron Prominent and Six-striped Rustic.


A young male Stonechat after processing - Holme Bird Obs, August 2019

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Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still late a'noon Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk Vagrant Emperor dragonfly Weybourne flew east at end of Mill Lane by bramble patches this evng
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2+Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still west of track to sea wall this a'noon tho elusive
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Kelling Quags on fence shingle ridge on north side at 3.20pm
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 2.30pm Cley on sea off coastguards car park
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 1.20pm Cley on sea off coastguards car park
Norfolk probable Great Northern Diver flew west past Cley 7.30-11am
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still this a'noon Cley on sea off coastguards car park +showing well
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton Dunes NNR
Norfolk Sabine's Gull ad Winterton Dunes NNR offshore at 12.25pm
Norfolk 1,960.Med Gulls Breydon Water RSPB this morning
Norfolk 3.Caspian Gulls Cromer on beach this morning
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still Cley on sea off coastguards car park +showing well
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Salthouse at Meadow Lane by cattle
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still in reedbed +juv.Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa) on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank still +Turtle Dove flew over