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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.

Wednesday 22nd July 2015

Highlights today were a huge flock of hirundines feeding over the reserve in the afternoon, including over 200 Swallows. A Hobby flew west through the dunes in the afternoon.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Broad-billed Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB 10:30 from Rotary Hide TF650328
> Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT on pool N/of Walsey Hills briefly 19:15 then flew W/ NR25 7SA
> Norfolk Purple Heron Cley NWT 15:30 flew to ditch N/of Walsey Hills NOA + 8 Spoonbill on Simmond's Scrape, Wood Sandpiper on Pope's Pool & Eclipse Drake Garganey NR25 7SA
> Norfolk Bee-eater 16:00 on wires at Sidestrand but flew W/
> Norfolk 7 Spoonbill Cley NWT late mrng NR25 7SA
> Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB + 6 Red-crested Pochard PE31 8BB
> Norfolk 2 1st Summer Little Gull Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB
> Norfolk 6 Little Gull Cley NWT NR25 7SA
> Norfolk 3 Eclipse Drake Scaup Snettisham RSPB on Queen's Lake mid a/noon TF650328
> Norfolk 4 Spotted Redshank 10:42 at east end of Breydon Water NR31 9QB
> Norfolk 2 Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB + Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT early mrng + Little Stint & 2 Little Gull NR25 7SA