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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 3rd May 2015

Heavy rain kept most birds under cover for the first part of the day. A group of 6 Barnacle Geese were on the marsh, together with a single Whimbrel, a male Ruff, 2 Sandwich Terns past the Broadwater, a single Swift over west, a Sand Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 5 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler, and a male Whinchat on the marsh opposite the Observatory. Five Green Hairstreaks and four Small Coppers were also out in the brief sunshine.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Male Grey-headed Wagtail 20:15 Cley NWT in 1st cattle field W/of boardwalk to Daukes Hide NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Male Grey-headed Wagtail Cley NWT at S/end of Beach Road near cattle NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 9 Dotterel 13:35 1.5ml SW/of Titchwell N/of Choseley Drying Barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper 13:50 Buckenham Marshes RSPB viewable from path 300yds SE/of hide NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk No Sign of Pectoral Sandpiper Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Hickling Broad NWT flew W/near Bittern Hide 18:45 NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Upton Marshes on flash 400yds W/of top boat ditch
> Norfolk Ring Ouzel Waxham Sands Holiday Park NR29 4EJ
> Norfolk Female Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park near Heacham Dam 13:35 TF648335
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT on Pat's Pool 09:55 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail Winterton on playing field