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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.

Friday 8th May 2015

On the sea today 11 Little Terns, 51 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern were counted. On the grazing marsh there were 3 Pink-feet, 6 Barnacle Geese, 100+ Brent Geese, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, a single Snipe, and 4 Ruff. Two Whinchats were near the entrance to the NWT reserve and Turtle Dove and Cuckoo were heard in the paddocks. Other migrants of note included 8 Wheatears, 2 Tree Pipits, 3 Yellow Wagtails and 8 Tree Sparrows.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Overy Staithe viewed from sea wall
> Norfolk 23 Dotterel NE/of Choseley Drying Barns this evng in ploughed field viewed from Chalk Pit Lane PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Temminck's Stint Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape at 11:00 but no sign at 12:30 NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 3 Common Crane over Kelling Heath at 13;18 TG102419
> Norfolk 3 Common Crane over Stiffkey Fen at 12:45 NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Spoonbill E/over Holme Dunes NWT at 10:34
> Norfolk 3 Turtle Dove Holme Dunes NNR E/of beach c/pk from coastal path behind houses
> Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common NWT
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Wretton at 15:00 from the cut bridge
> Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Choseley Drying Barns at 15:45 on wires PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Female Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park 12:30 in clear area 200yds N/of pines TF648335
> Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park 50yds N/of Beach Road at 12:45 TF648335
> Norfolk Male Ring Ouzel Burnham Overy Dunes
> Norfolk Black Redstart Great Yarmouth W/of seafront on roof NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk 2 Female Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park in cleared area 200yds N/of pines + 3 Turtle Dove & Snow Bunting flew N/ TF648335
> Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Holme NWT in paddocks behind NWT pay hut at 08:55 TF715449
> Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Blofield Heath in garden NR13 4QH TG328115