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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.

Saturday 2nd May 2015

Highlights were 5 Pink-feet on the grazing marsh, a group of 8 Barnacle Geese over east, 7 Sandwich and 4 Common Terns out to sea, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling near the Observatory building, a Barn Owl hunting early morning, a Cuckoo on the fence along the east bank, and 5 Blackcaps, 6 Lesser Whitethroats, 8 Whitethroats, 6 Sedge Warblers and 2 Reed Warblers were singing. A Redstart was in the forestry on the NWT and at least 2 Yellow Wagtails flew over calling.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper 19:35 Buckenham Marshes RSPB from footpath SE/ of hide NR13 4HW
> Norfolk 8 Dotterel 17:14 S/of Titchwell just E/ of Choseley Drying Barns in field by Chalkpit Lane
> Norfolk Female Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park early evng TF648335
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Great Cressingham singing mid a/noon
> Norfolk 4 Ring Ouzel Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ
> Norfolk 2 Garganey (1drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW
> Norfolk 8 White Wagtail Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide NR25 7SA
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Kelling Heath singing TG102419
> Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water + 40 Whimbrel NR31 9QB
> Norfolk 2 Ring Ouzel 09:45 flew over pipe dump ESE/ of Waxham + 14 Whimbrel
> Norfolk Manx Shearwater 08:15 E/ past Sheringham NR26 8BQ
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Waxham Sands Holiday Park singing + Female Ring Ouzel - do not enter, pls view only from dunes NR29 4EJ