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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 3rd November 2019

Highlights today included 35 Common Scoters, single Red and Black-throated Divers, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Guillemot and 14 Gannets at sea, with a ring-tail Hen Harrier through the dunes, 45 Golden Plover up off the grazing marshes, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank, a Woodcock on the NOA reserve, a Peregrine flying over east, 3 Cetti's Warblers, a Blackcap, single Fieldfare, 6 Rock Pipits, 1 Brambling, and 7 Twite at Thornham Harbour.

A Migrant Hawker dragonfly was still around the NOA centre.

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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Cley NWT still mid a'noon on pool west of East Bank
Norfolk Water Pipit NE of Salthouse at Gramborough Hill on brackish pool then flew west +Snow Bunting flew west
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery still in south section
Norfolk 7+Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still +Red-necked Grebe offshore +Black-throated Diver
Norfolk 45.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on beach near North Scrape. Red-necked Grebe offshore. Long-tailed Duck on pool west of East Bank. Spotted Redshank Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB in paddocks near Patsy's Pool this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Lesser Whitethroats (probably of an eastern form) West Runton still in weedy beet field by Beach Road
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Brancaster off east end of beach
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea. Water Pipit still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Sculthorpe Moor NR flew NE over scrape
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew west past Holme Dunes NWT
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Weybourne Camp flew in off sea
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Titchwell RSPB on sea late morning +Slav Grebe 3.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Happisburgh on roof of St.Mary's Church at 9am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Black Redstart Weybourne by beach car park at c9.45am then flew south along lane
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Winterton North Beach still
Norfolk 2.Little Auks Winterton (+2.Great Northern Divers whale sp)
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley NWT from East Bank
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Sheringham on sea +3.Velvet Scoters flew east then west
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Cley NWT flew in off sea towards East Bank at c8.25am
Norfolk 40.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on beach near North Scrape
Norfolk 3.Velvet Scoters Cley again c8.15am flew west past beach car park
Norfolk 3.Velvet Scoters Cley flew east past beach car park
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wymondham along River Tiffey by Wymondham Abbey with tit flock [heard only]
15:09 03/11/2019