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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.

Saturday 13th June 2015


Rain for much of the day saw little in the way of bird activity, but the moth catch improved with highlights including 3 Diamond-backs, a Shoulder-striped Wainscot and a Pine Hawk Moth. At Walsey Hills a female Red-backed Shrike was on Snipe's Marsh, while 2 Med Gulls and a Cuckoo were also of note.

Female Red-backed Shrike - Walsey Hills, 13th June 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler Blakeney Point 20:07 at Halfway House. Walk W/from Cley Beach c/pk for 1.5mls, keep on seward side of ridge & clear of roped off areas NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk White-rumped Sandpiper Cley NWT at 18:00 on North Scrape viewable from screen but distant NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Paddyfield Warbler Blakeney Point at 15:30 flew to roped off area at E/end of Long Hills but elusive. Walk W/from Cley beach c/pk for 3mls. Keep on seaward sdie of ridge & away from roped off areas NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk No Sign of Paddyfield Warbler Blakeney Point by 10:10 near The Hood. Walk W/from Cley beach c/pk for 3mls. Keep on seaward sdie of ridge & away from roped off areas NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk No Sign of Paddyfield Warbler Blakeney Point in suaeda at Long Hills. Walk W/from Cley beach car park for 3mls. Keep on seaward side of ridge & away from roped-off areas NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Marsh Warbler Narborough at 20:35 off Main Road by Nar Valley Way 400yds N/of The Ship Inn showing well PE32 1TE
> Norfolk Female Red-backed Shrike 1ml E/of Cley S/of Walsey Hills NOA at 19:30 S/of A149 at Snipes Marsh viewable from A149 NR25 7SA TG062439
> Norfolk No Sign of Male Red-backed Shrike Blakeney Freshmarsh 15:30 at N/end along drainage channel
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Blakeney Harbour on saltmarsh at 13:10 TG028441
> Norfolk Red-necked Phalarope Welney WWT from Lyle Hide early a/noon showing well + Great White Egret PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Probable Marsh Warbler Blakeney Point 11:25 at Halfway House in suaeda on seaward side but elusive NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Red-necked Phalarope Welney WWT from main obsvertory PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Golden Oriole Reported Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide, heard only NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT off East Bank then flew E/ NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Reedbed + Little Gull on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB + 3 Little Gull & 7 Red-crested Pochard PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle on N/side at 09:00 PE35 6EJ TF672278
> Norfolk 2 Little Stint Hickling Broad NWT till 09:30 on Rush Hill Scrape then flew towards Swim Coots NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 1st Summer Little Gull Salthouse W/over Iron Road between 09:00 & 09:30 NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk 1st Summer Little Gull Breydon Water + 2 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048