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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 13th January 2020

A Red Kite drifted over towards the church, and on the sea, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 11 Fulmars, 31 Great Crested Grebes, and 2 Guillemots were of note. A Harbour Porpoise was close inshore heading west. Ten Twite were seen near Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Great White Egret 2mls north of King's Lynn at Lynn Point on saltmarsh then flew SW towards Clenchwarton cTF.605.236
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley NWT offshore
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake near hall at 1.10pm
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Cantley Marshes RSPB +35.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK ad.fem still Ranworth Broad in channel from viewing platform
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese East Somerton still by Collis Lane late morning with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Upton Fen NWT flew downriver
Norfolk no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB mid morning (but 7.Russian White-fronted Geese flew over)
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area then flew west TF.896.458
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Rollesby Broad again but no sign of any redhead.Smew
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road in field near dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 34.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on beach east of Arnold's Marsh at 9.10am
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 by huts. Do not block gate