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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 Monday 23rd December 2019

On the sea today 4 Eiders, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 4 Fulmars, 16 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Guillemots. A total of 470 Golden Plover were on the grazing marshes, and a Bearded Tit was in the reeds near the Broadwater with the male Blackcap seen in the Tamarisk near the Observatory. Also of note were 2 Fieldfares, and 7 Snow Buntings were at the end of the dunes.

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 3w Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape mid a'noon
Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL male between Sedgeford +Ringstead by Ringstead Road mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese just east of Burnham Overy still mid a'noon in field by A149 layby
Norfolk Waxwing ad 1ml SE of Brundall still mid a'noon at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB by Sandy Wall NR13 4HS
Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still on marsh NE of Deopham Road mid a'noon
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Goose (2.ads +juv) Horsey east of road 1/2ml south of Horsey Mill
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese between Burnham Overy +Burnham Thorpe west of road with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 12.45pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 7.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB in reeds by railway 50yds east of pipes (+6.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum still 11.40am in paddock
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn at 12.50pm
Norfolk 3+Tundra Bean Geese 1ml east of Sedgeford still north of B1454 early a'noon with Pink-footed Geese cTF.728.370
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose ad 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road with Pink-footed Geese (+ad.Russian White-fronted Goose)
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB left roost. 2+Water Pipits on freshmarsh
Norfolk Iceland Gull Kelling flew over beach mid morning
Norfolk 6.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in trees near folly at 9.45am
Norfolk Waxwing ad 1ml SE of Brundall still at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB by Sandy Wall +2.Water Pipits NR13 4HS
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines c200yds from Joe Jordan Hide mid morning (+20+Russian White-fronted Geese 3.Great White Egrets)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail near Choseley still
Norfolk 6+Short-eared Owls y'day Haddiscoe Island still from mound in Waveney Forest +Great White Egret