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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.

Sunday 10th May 2015

Of note today were 3 Gannets, 2 Little Terns and 7 Sandwich Terns offshore, a Spoonbill circling above the Observatory and heading east, a Common Buzzard drifting west, 3 Whimbrel, one Cuckoo, one Barn Owl, 100+ Swifts, a Peregrine, 20 Sand Martins, 6 House Martins, 100+ Swallows, one Lesser Whitethroat and 9 Wheatears. Moths included 2 Small Elephant Hawks, and a Chocolate Tip, and butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Copper and Green Hairstreak.
At Walsey Hills a fairly quiet day with 75 Swallows through west and 6 Green Hairstreaks around the reserve.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Citril Finch Holkham Pines by 20:00
> Norfolk Citril Finch 19:00 Burnham Overy Dunes at W/end of Holkham Pines. Park at Lady Ann's Drive & walk W/for 1.5mls NR23 1RJ TF867455
> Norfolk 20 Dotterel this evng 1.5ml SW/of Titchwell NE/of Choseley Drying Barns. Park at barns & walk E/along path to view north PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Bee-eater Winterton North Dunes 11:05 - heard only NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Winterton North Dunes mid mrng NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Golden Oriole W/of Weybourne just N/of A149 at Muckleburgh Bump 06:30 then flew east
> Norfolk 4 Spoonbill E/over Titchwell RSPB 08:10 + Drake Scaup on tidal marsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Dotterel btw Felbrigg & Metton 1/2ml S/of B1436 in field E/of minor road early mrng then flew NW - for 2nd day
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Stiffkey Fen viewable from seawall this evng NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park at S/end then flew north TF648335
> Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail Winterton-on-Sea on playing field
> Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park + 2 Turtle Dove at S/end near concrete blocks TF648335