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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.

Monday 31st August 2015

A wet windy day, which was hoped would produce some seabird movement. Unfortunately with visibility and conditions for viewing poor this produced no more than a handful of species, such as Gannet and Arctic Skua. Little was noted around the recording area but birds seen did included two Black-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank and a seemingly hungry young Marsh Harrier that continued to hunt throughout the day even in the heavy rain.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Barred Warbler Blakeney Point at the Lupins at 16:40 NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk 3rd Summer Caspian Gull Cley NWT on Pat's Pool this evng. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Great White Egret W/over Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 17:40 NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Barred Warbler Blakeney Point at the Lupins at 12:24 + Pied Flycatcher NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk No Sign of Pectoral Sandpiper Hickling Broad NWT at 10:20 on Rush Hill Scrape + Wood Sandpiper on site. NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 19 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB mid mrng. + Little Stint & 6 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide this mrng
> Norfolk No Sign of Wryneck Caister-on-Sea 200m/S of beach c/park along golf course fence NR30 5HB TG527119
> Norfolk No Sign of Male Bluethroat Winterton North Dunes by 08:40 NR29 4BQ TG496198