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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 18th January 2020

On the sea today 2 Eiders, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 11 Great Crested Grebes and 6 Kittiwakes were counted. A Water Pipit was again seen near the NWT entrance gate and a Barn Owl was hunting at the back of Holme village. A Cetti's Warbler was along the east bank and 4 Stonechats were around the recording area.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Park still 2pm
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 2.15pm 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road on dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham on groyne.22 at 2pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 1.05pm 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 TF.911.441
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake viewed from midway along footpath at 1.46pm +showing well
Norfolk Shorelark Holkham Bay still 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham harbour still 1.20pm TF.728.443
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1.25pm 1ml north of Sedgeford in corner of field by parking area on Ringstead Road PE36 5NH cTF.714.380
Norfolk Shorelark Waxham Sands Holiday Park at north end viewed from coast path at 12.57pm
Norfolk 10+Snow Buntings Winterton Dunes NNR at 12.36pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley flew east just south of Cley NWT at 12.34pm
Norfolk 25.Snow Buntings Weybourne Camp
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford in fields right of Ringstead Road this morning PE36 5NH cTF.714.380
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese (2.ads) Burnham Overy at top of Whincover by A149 with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk no news on Blue-headed Eastern Yellow Wagtail (nominate form tschutschensis) 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road on dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 30.Russian White-fronted Geese Haddiscoe Island from mound in Waveney Forest TG.457.011
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 TF.911.441
Norfolk 1+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still 11.17am in paddocks +2.Common Cranes flew over
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still 9.35am
Norfolk probable Sooty S'water flew west past Cley Coastguards at 9.10am tho distant
Norfolk no sign of possible Grey-bellied Brant 3.5mls SW of Terrington St.Clement 1/2ml west of Walpole St.Andrew in field by Marsh Road [shooting currently in progress]
Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddocks
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv y'day NW of Wells still 2.30pm 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