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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 6th January 2020

A Merlin and a Spotted Redshank were at Thornham Harbour and on the sea a Long-tailed Duck, 10 Great Crested Grebes, and 2 Slavonian Grebes were seen. On the marsh 2 Barnacle Geese were counted.

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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck flew north past Hopton-on-Sea late morning
Norfolk 2.Shorelarks still mid a'noon Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 2+Russian White-fronted Geese c2.5mls east of Acle by A47
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Cromer at St.Margaret's Lane this a'noon
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still 12.30pm Eccles-on-Sea south of caravan park between Breezy Two +Idle Hour. Park at Cart Gap +walk south cTG.406.293
Norfolk 225.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR 1w.male still Eccles-on-Sea on sea wall at 11am +showing well. Park at Cart Gap +walk south along beach to 2nd ramp cTG.406.293
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose ad Holkham still east of Lady Anne's Drive at midday with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend at 11.40am cTG.428.069
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake at south end
Norfolk 2+Tundra Bean Geese just east of Weybourne still north of A149 with Pink-footed Geese (+2.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay c400yds west of Holkham Gap in dunes at 11.30am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Holkham Bay +Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk 89.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area. 8.Velvet Scoters ofshore TF.896.458
Norfolk 26.Russian White-fronted Geese Horsey in flooded field south of Horsey Mill
Norfolk 15+Tundra Bean Geese NW of Hemsby still just south of East Somerton at Bloodhill in fields west of Collis Lane
Norfolk reported Slav Grebes Wells Harbour are Little Grebes
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 BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm mid morning PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach by Two Lifeboats
Norfolk 4.Slav Grebes Wells Harbour
Norfolk 50.Snow Buntings y'day Cley NWT still on shingle ridge +Black-throated Diver flew east