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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 25th January 2020

A flock of 7 Russian White-fronted Geese were at the back of the grazing marsh near the village hides, and on the sea 18 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Long-tailed Ducks and a Red-throated Diver were of note. A Snow Bunting and at least 3 Twite were also of interest.

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Norfolk 3.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum this morning
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still 2.30pm on south side of churchyard off Cross Street
Norfolk probable Caspian Gull Ketteringham in field behind recycling viewed from Cantley Lane at 2.48pm
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members. Memberships from £55; concessions £44 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still 12.35pm behind visitor centre +showing well. View from a sensible distance, £2 entrance
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still 2.35pm behind visitor centre +showing well. View from a sensible distance, £2 entrance
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still
Norfolk Slav Grebe Cley on sea at 1.30pm
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still 1.30pm by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm in field at dung heaps PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese y'day Ringstead Downs NWT at 3.15pm
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still 12.50pm on south side of churchyard off Cross Street
Norfolk FERRUGINOUS DUCK (or hybrid) ad.fem still Ranworth Broad in channel NE of NWT visitor centre
Norfolk 32.Snow Buntings Winterton on beach
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still midday behind visitor centre +showing well. View from a sensible distance, £2 entrance
Norfolk reported Snow Bunting Thornham Harbour by coal barn is a Linnet
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still
Norfolk 3.Twite Thornham Harbour still on coal barn at 11am
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 at 10.41am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 43.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still +47.Whooper Swans
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Stiffkey on flash south of A149
Norfolk Snow Bunting Thornham Harbour by coal barn
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still 10.10am on south side of churchyard off Cross Street
Norfolk 11.Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay +2.Long-tailed Ducks 50.Snow Buntings
Norfolk 2+Waxwings reported Cley again on Old Woman's Lane
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still +2.Purple Sands on rocks
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still 9.44am behind visitor centre on +off. View from a sensible distance, £2 entrance
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still 9.23am behind visitor centre on +off. View from a sensible distance
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still 9.05am on south side of churchyard off Cross Street
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm in field at dung heaps at 8.55am PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Black Redstart Old Hunstanton at top of lifeboat shed
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still in churchyard off Cross Street at 8.48am
Norfolk 9.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB offshore +Snow Bunting flew over
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still behind visitor centre at 8.17am