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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 7th May 2015

Six Barnacle Geese were still around the grazing marsh today but there was no further sign of the mysterious Bar-headed Goose! Seawatching produced 3 Little Terns, 53 Sandwich Terns, 5 Common Terns and 2 Arctic Terns, and a Cuckoo, 150+ Swifts, a Peregrine, 6 Sand Martins, 40 Swallows, 3 Blackcaps, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 8 Whitethroats, 10 Sedge Warblers, and a Reed Warbler were noted. 3 Whinchats were in fields near the NWT hides and around 10 Wheatears were on the grazing marshes, with at least 4 Yellow Wagtails among the cattle.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Spoonbill Wells at 11:oo NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Billy's Wash + AD Little Gull on Serpentine NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cantley Marshes RSPB on pool at midday then flew towards Buckenham Marshes RSPB & no further sign TG378039
> Norfolk Probable Honey Buzzard over Strumpshaw Fen RSPB early mrng NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk 12 Dotterel 11:25 NE/of Choseley Drying Barns in ploughed field viewed from Chalk Pit Lane PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Serin W/over Happisburgh at 07:45 NR12 0PR TG384309
> Norfolk Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Adult Little Gull Cley NWT this evng over Billy's Wash NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Wells W/over Beach Road towards Holkham Freshmarsh at 17:55 NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk Quail SSW/of Burnham Market at Beacon Hill singing in rape field S/of parking area NR27 9LX TG177417
> Norfolk Osprey Burgh Castle flew SW/towards Belton at 13:50 TG476049
> Norfolk 3 Black Tern Pentney GPs between 12:05 & 12:15 then flew N/
> Norfolk Male Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum singing + Firecrest IP26 5HW TL822943