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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 22nd February 2020

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 11.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk 9.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end at 2.09pm
Norfolk 32.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings just north of Snettisham RSPB on sea wall at 12.30pm
Norfolk Hawfinch still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk 5.Lapland Buntings Winterton
Norfolk Common Crane Welney WWT still
Norfolk Twite Thornham Harbour still by coal barn TF.728.443
Norfolk Twite Thornham Harbour still by coal barn at 12.30pm TF.728.443
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still in cattle field west of Herbert Woods boatyard viewed from gate at end of footpath
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn at 11.55am TG.420.124
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Halvergate Marshses still west of Branch Road at 10.30am
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 15.Whooper Swans Wymondham flew NE over north end at 9.07am
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm on dung heaps at 8.18am PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 40.Snow Buntings Winterton on North Beach