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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 15th December 2019

Another big count of Pink-feet with over 8,000 on the grazing marsh, and 2 Barnacle Geese also of note. A single Pintail flew past offshore, and 2 Eider, 12 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Divers, 2 Fulmars, 2 Gannets and 6 Great Crested Grebes also noted. At least 400 Lapwings were also present and a juvenile Peregrine flew over the pines. A Cetti's Warbler was heard near the NWT entrance gate.

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Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape mid a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret near St.Olaves in drain at 2.08pm
Norfolk 3+Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still near railway viewed from riverbank mid morning (+26+Russian White-fronted Geese still)
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 2.Bewick's Swans (both ads) Holkham Freshmarsh from A149 mid a'noon tho distant +44.Russian White-fronted Geese 2.Cattle Egrets 4.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still 1pm from Weavers' Way by bend in road +Great White Egret
Norfolk c89.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT
Norfolk 27.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn late morning
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Holkham Gap
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+40+Snow Buntings still. Great Northern Diver offshore) TF.896.458
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still from Weavers' Way by bend in road 10.30am
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Massingham Heath
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose south of Burnham Market off Beacon Hill Road with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Great Northern Divers y'day flew south past Hemsby