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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 20th October 2019

Wind swung into the north during the day. On the sea 56 Common Scoters, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 7 Red-throated Divers, 543 Gannets, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Arctic and 1 Great Skua, 193 Auk sp, 166 Kittiwakes and 4 Little Gulls were recorded, with 2 Manx Shearwaters west in the afternoon. A Peregrine was also seen on the seawatch and a Woodcock was flushed near the Saltings, while around the Observatory 2+ Cetti's Warblers, 4+ Blackcaps, a Fieldfare, 5 Redwings, 12 Song Thrushes, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 20+ Robins, 2 Stonechats, 3 Rock Pipits and 6 Siskins were also noted.

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Norfolk 2.Little Gulls flew west past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Snow Bunting Thornham Harbour late morning
Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker male Burnham Norton in hawthorn at 8.40am then flew towards village
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB still 12.30pm 200yds east of old jetty on ebbing tide. Jack Snipe in paddock by RSPB car park entrance track/ Beach Road junction
Norfolk Shorelark Cley at beach
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew east over Thornham at 1.45pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Choseley flew east over drying barns
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Weybourne Camp still
Norfolk 7.Pom Skuas Cley flew east past beach car park (+fem.Long-tailed Duck Black-throated Diver 200.Little Gulls 2.Arctic Terns 3.Puffins)
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB still +Ring Ouzel Velvet Scoter
Norfolk Little Stint Welney WWT from main observatory. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still +3.Common Cranes. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk possible Radde's Warbler Holkham between Meals House +crosstracks at 11.20am
Norfolk Great White Egret between Blackborough End +Wormegay in drain at 11.51am
Norfolk Water Pipit Walcott Gap briefly
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Sculthorpe Moor NR behid visitor centre at 10.49am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton South Dunes flew in off sea at 8.30am
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still at north end of sea wall at 8.46am TF.853.448
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Hawfinch Norwich flew over Dereham Road at 8.27am