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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 oservatory Thursday 19th December 2019

Four Whooper Swans flew over west early morning. A loose mixed flock of birds on the western side of Thornham Harbour mouth contained 45 Snow Buntings, at least 6 Twite (one colour ringed), 100 plus Linnets (inc the white leucistic bird) and 30 Skylark. On the sea there was a single drake Long-tailed Duck seen flying west and a four drake Eider noted flying east.

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Norfolk no sign of ad.Lesser White-fronted Goose 1/2ml SSW of Burnham Market at Beacon Hill
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with cattle viewed from sea wall at 2pm
Norfolk Waxwing between Hillington +Harpley by Peddars Way 200yds behind Dogotel
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT at Lady Fen at 11am
Norfolk 6.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB in reeds by railway 50yds east of pipes at 12.20pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 7.53am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk 6.Twite Thornham Harbour still +Long-tailed Duck flew west. 45.Snow Buntings on saltmarsh west of Thornham Harbour mouth
Norfolk Slav Grebe 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 at 9.38am TF.911.441
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Titchwell RSPB flew west over beach
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB still. Long-tailed Duck still on sea. 2.Spotted Redshanks still on Tidal Marsh