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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 13th December 2019

An impressive flock of over 5,000 Pink-feet were around the grazing marshes during the day. On the sea 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 9 Great Crested Grebes, and a Guillemot were recorded.

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Norfolk Caspian Gull near-ad Cley NWT on Simmons' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 2.24pm
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Bowthorpe at 1.46pm
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with cattle
Norfolk Great White Egret Halvergate Marshes this a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Hingham at 10.21am: 1.in marsh 300yds NE of Deopham Road, 1.flew south over road
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on beach west of Holkham Gap (+60.Snow Buntings) still
Norfolk 20.Common Cranes between Acle +Billockby still in fields from barn at 10.47am
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in ploughed field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea at 8.33am +4.Long-tailed Ducks 2.Spotted Redshanks. Water Pipit on freshmarsh