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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 Tuesday 17th March 2020

The Garganey were again present on the NWT reserve and at least one Bearded Tit was along the Broadwater near the observatory. There was clearly an arrival of Chiffchaffs with at least six sheltering in the dunes and pines behind the rear of the obs. A Peacock Butterfly was also recorded.



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Norfolk 10+Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay mid a'noon +2.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR at 1.16pm
Norfolk Spoonbill ad Cley NWT on Watling Water
Norfolk probable Hen Harrier male Salthouse flew in off sea at 2pm then flew west
Norfolk 4+Waxwings still 1.55pm Salthouse at Grout's Lane in Ducklands garden
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) still 12.15pm Holme in North Fields towards wind pump tho elusive
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay still
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 at 11.49am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still +6.Great White Egrets 14.Russian White-fronted Geese Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 5.Waxwings still Salthouse at Grout's Lane in Ducklands garden at 10.45am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) still Holme
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male y'day Blakeney in garden at Kingsway
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove west of track to Raven's Farm TF.673.049