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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 17th May 2015

Highlights today were 14 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars, 25 Little Terns, 109 Sandwich Terns and 9 Common Terns on the seawatch, a Firecrest in the pines near the NWT centre, and a Hooded Crow over. At least 3 Wheatears were also of note, and a passage of Swifts and Swallows took place throughout the day. At Walsey Hills 56 Swallows, 25 Sand Martins, 180 Swifts and 3 Red Kites passed through west.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Male Grey-headed Wagtail Kelling N/of A149 at N/end of Kelling Quag at midday
> Norfolk 20 Dotterel 1.5mls S/of Titchwell NE/of Choseley Drying Barns at 15:55 in field. From barns walk E/along path to view N/ PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Female Montagu's Harrier Barnham Broom W/over fields at 09:30
> Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water till 07:20 at E/end then flew N/ NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Hooded Crow over Holme NOA TF717450
> Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water at North Wall NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 1st Winter Kittiwake Titchwell RSPB at 19:00 on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT mid a/noon E/of East Bank on The Serpentine NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Male Turtle Dove New Buckenham Common NR13 4HN TG357059
> Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Titchwell RSPB at 08:45 + 4 Little Gull PE31 8BB TF759436