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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.

Monday 11th May 2015

On the sea today a female Red-breasted Merganser was present and 4 Arctic Terns flew through west together with 42 Sandwich Terns, and 12 Little Terns. Also of note were a single Wheatear on the grazing marsh, a Whimbrel, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, and 3 Spotted Flycatchers around the pines. Butterflies included Orange Tip, Brimstone, Green Hairstreak and Small Copper while in the moth trap a Small Elephant Hawk, Frosted Green, and a Ruby Tiger were of note.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Male Moltoni's Subalpine Warbler 20:05 Blakeney Point in plantation + Female Subalpine Warbler. Park at Cley beach c/pk & walk 3mls along shingle to view NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Citril Finch Burnham Overy Dunes at W/end of Holkham Pines by 15:50. Park at Lady Ann's Drive & walk W/for 1.5mls NR23 1RJ TF867455
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Male Moltoni's Subalpine Warbler Blakeney Point by 13:30 but Female Subalpine Warbler in plantation. Park at Cley beach c/pk & walk 3mls along shingle to view NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Male Moltoni's Subalpine Warbler Blakeney Point in plantation 12:15. Boat from Morston Quay 13:45 but all other boats cancelled due to wind NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Citril Finch Burnham Overy Dunes at W/end of Holkham Pines by by late mrng. Bird was present 06:10 then mobile calling in flight till 06:30. Park at Lady Ann's Drive & walk W/for 1.5mls NR23 1RJ TF867455
> Norfolk Female Subalpine Warbler Blakeney Point in plantation 09:00 only NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Citril Finch Burnham Overy Dunes - any further news please text 07581 302 260 / call 01158 712888