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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 29th February 2020

At least 8 Twite were still at Thornham Harbour and 2 Rock Pipits were near the approach track to the NWT reserve. At least 3 Barn Owls were hunting and 55 Black-tailed Godwits were on the grazing marshes.

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Norfolk 4.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks at 2.30pm. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still +Spoonbill still
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Hawfinch still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk 8.Twite Thornham Harbour still on coal barn TF.728.443
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach by Fisherman's Heritage Centre at 11.45am
Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham still on rocks opposite East Beach Coffee at 11.35am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove on wires near Raven's Farm at 11.30am TF.673.049
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 10.45am (+44.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk 17.Snow Buntings Cley flew east along shingle ridge. 2.Water Pipits from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh at 7.40am