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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 Monday 23rd March 2020

A beautiful day with a visible increase in raptor activity, at least 6 Red Kites and 5 Buzzards were seen, with singles of Peregrine, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk all in the recording area. On the grazing marshes 350+ Wigeon and 200+ Brent Geese were still of note, with a Little Ringed Plover on the NWT reserve and 2 Med Gulls flying over calling. At least 3 Cetti's Warblers were heard and 6+ Chiffchaffs were also present, with a Brambling 'wheezing' near Redwell paddock, a Siskin over calling and 5 Twite reported from Thornham Harbour.

Two Hebrew Characters and a March Moth were all that the moth trap had to offer, and a single Peacock butterfly was in a sheltered corner near the Heligoland trap.

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Norfolk 2.Common Cranes y'day Claxton Marshes
Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still at Seamere Fen north of Deopham Road at 3.40pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on seafront by The Two Lifeboats pub at 4pm
Norfolk Firecrest Hopton-on-Sea early a'noon
Norfolk Osprey west of Norwich flew north over University of East Anglia at 2.22pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk Common Crane flew south over Brancaster at 1.10pm
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end +5.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove on wires at 11.34am TF.673.049
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still +Great White Egret stillNorfolk 2.Common Cranes y'day Claxton Marshes
Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still at Seamere Fen north of Deopham Road at 3.40pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on seafront by The Two Lifeboats pub at 4pm
Norfolk Firecrest Hopton-on-Sea early a'noon
Norfolk Osprey west of Norwich flew north over University of East Anglia at 2.22pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk Common Crane flew south over Brancaster at 1.10pm
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end +5.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove on wires at 11.34am TF.673.049
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still +Great White Egret still