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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 Wednesday 18th March 2020



A wet miserable day though it didn't seem to stop a small arrival of Chiffchaffs with at least fifteen noted around the Observatory.  A Water Pipit was on the flooded field south of Thornham coastal path this morning.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water by South Wall late morning
Norfolk Garganey reported Heacham South Beach at 8.55am +Great White Egret
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove west of track to Raven's Farm at 2pm TF.673.049
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat Glandford at pond
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT still this morning +10+Common Cranes
Norfolk Hooded Crow Horsey at Nelson Head track south of 2nd steps +Raven
Norfolk 27.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.53am
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Holkham Bay still 10am. Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh east of Lady Anne’s Drive +ad.hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 10.55am
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Washington Hide at 9.51am
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh still