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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 Saturday 14th December 2019

Another spectacle of over 7,000 Pink-feet on the grazing marsh today, and along the shore 6 Pintail flew west before heading inland towards Thornham Harbour. A juvenile Peregrine drifted over the NWT centre mid morning.

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Norfolk repeat: LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad just SW of Burnham Market in field by B1155 at c2.35pm then flushed +flew over Stanhoe with c5,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Black Brant reported near Cley with Pink-footed Geese
MEGA Norfolk LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad just SW of Burnham Market by B1155 at c2.35pm then flushed +flew over Stanhoe with Pink-footed Geese
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 probable Caspian Gull 1w till 12.55pm Norwich at Earlham Marsh then flushed
Norfolk probable Caspian Gull 1w Norwich at Earlham Marsh early a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +8.Common Cranes flew south over Bank Farm
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still
Norfolk 5.Pale-bellied Brent Geese (2.ads +3.juv) Cley NWT at 11.05am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese. View from beach car park
Norfolk 24.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn at 10.10am +ringtail Hen Harrier
Norfolk 8.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB viewed from river bank between hide +1st corner towards railway left of pipes
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still near railway