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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 Friday 13th March 2020

On the Grazing Marsh birds of prey including two Red Kite and a Peregrine, regularly upsetting the wildfowl on there. Two Owl species, Barn and Tawny, were recorded and around the Observatory area there was a male Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and a Grey Wagtail flew over flying west. On the sea a short sea watch produced four Red-breasted Mergansers and two Eider.

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Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh this morning +4.Great White Egrets still +5.Spoonbills still +2+Russian White-fronted Geese still
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT at Lady Fen at 1.53pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 2.02pm 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove west of Raven's Farm junction tho distant TF.673.049
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks flew east over Burnham Overy Dunes at 11.35am (+4.Ravens)
Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh still
Norfolk probable Iceland Gull ad Cley flew east past beach car park at 10.20am
Norfolk 15.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still east of north end of East Bank
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes y'day between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn this a'noon TG.420.124
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove west of Raven's Farm on pole east of road TF.673.049
Norfolk 13.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle ridge TG.063.448
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441