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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.

Tuesday 19th May 2015

Between showers, highlights were 2 Barnacle Geese with two White-fronts on the grazing marsh, a Wheatear and a Whinchat nearby, a Little Tern fishing near the Hun sluice, a steady passage of Swifts west, and at Thornham Harbour 8 Knot and 20 Dunlin were feeding together with 2 Little Stints.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper 19:25 Cley NWT E/of East Bank on the Serpentine NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Spoonbill Thornham Harbour in channel 17:45 PE36 6NL TF728440
> Norfolk Immature Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB + 5 Little Gull PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Unconfirmed Report of Great White Egret E/over Titchwell RSPB 13:50 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Adult Spoonbill Cley NWT + Little Stint E/of East Bank on the Serpentine NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 10 Dotterel 1.5ml SW/of Titchwell E/of Choseley Drying Barns this mrng. Park at barns & walk E/along path to view north PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk 2 Little Stint Cley NWT on the Serpentine this evng + 1s Little Gull NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Little Gull Breydon Water at E/end this evng NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Salthouse S/of Gramborough Hill 10:20 NR25 7XW TG085441