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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 28th May 2015

On the sea today a Red-breasted Merganser and a single Gannet were of note. Elsewhere up to 3 Cuckoos were in the area and a Hobby was of note over the NWT. A passage of Swifts continued with 250+ during the day.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk No Sign of Dotterel Choseley Drying Barns but 2 Turtle Dove PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT E/of East Bank on the Serpentine + 1s Little Gull NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB on saltmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 1st Summer Little Gull Breydon Water N/of North Wall NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Holme NWT TF715449
> Norfolk Black Redstart Wymondham on W/side of Ketts Park early mrng only
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Fakenham on Valley Way in garden 11:00
> Norfolk 2 Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB 06:00 + 12 Little Gull PE31 8BB TF759436