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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.

Thursday 21st May 2015

A seawatch produced 1 Fulmar, 24 Little Terns, 103 Sandwich Terns and 6 Common Terns. 2 Turtle Doves flew across the road near the saltings and a Cuckoo was near the Observatory. There was no further sign of the White-fronted Geese, but a Pink-footed Goose and a single Wheatear were still on the grazing marsh. In the evening a Black Stork was seen passing over pines and along the beach, before heading inland towards Old Hunstanton.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Probable Little Bittern Snettisham Coastal Park singing 1/2ml N/of Beach Road by inner seawall in reeds by large gorse patch 18:00-18:45 - heard only TF648335
> Norfolk 1st Summer Bonaparte's Gull 17:05 Breydon Water by South Wall opp windpump then flew twds Burgh Castle & no further sign NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Black Stork Ringstead Downs by 19:50
> Norfolk No Sign of 1st Summer Bonaparte's Gull Breydon Water this evng NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Black Stork 18:40 SW/of Old Hunstanton Park over Ringstead Downs viewable from hilltop btw Ringstead & Sedgeford then lost to view
> Norfolk Black Stork over Scolt Head Island NNR this a/noon PE31 8DS TF821459
> Norfolk Possible 2nd Summer Audouin's Gull Gorleston-on-Sea south of pier off Gorleston Cliffs 09:00-09:12 tho distant, then flew N/ NR31 6PL
> Norfolk Black Kite Wells 09:31 flew S/ over Church Street
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper early evng Cley NWT E/of East Bank on the Serpentine + Little Stint & Curlew Sandpiper NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk No Sign of Red-necked Phalarope Cley NWT on Pope's Pool this mrng but Pectoral Sandpiper & Spoonbill NR25 7SA
> Norfolk 16 Dotterel 1.5ml SW/of Titchwell E/of Choseley Drying Barns in fields to NE/ early mrng. Park at barns & walk E/along path to view north PE31 8PQ
> Norfolk No Sign of Red-necked Phalarope Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh early mrng PE31 8BB