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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 15th September 2015

Another unpredictable day weather wise, an early sea watch produced two Red-throated Divers, an Arctic Skua, Great crested Grebe and 14 Gannets, all but one of these first year birds. A Pintail was on the Broadwater and the Osprey could still be found in and around Thornham Harbour.

 
Moulting adult Red-throated Diver just offshore - Holme Bird Obs, 15th September 2015



 
Pintail on the Broadwater - Holme Bird Obs, 15th September 2015
Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 5 Spoonbill Stiffkey on saltmarsh this a/noon + Short-eared Owl & 2 Whinchat NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 19:35 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 10:25 viewable from Joe Jordan Hide
> Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Cromer on beach by Rocket House Cafe + AD Yellow-legged Gull NR27 9HE TG219423
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 08:45 from Washington Hide showing well
> Norfolk 2 Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NNR this evng
> Norfolk Yellow-legged Gull Wymondham at Spink's Lane TQ112013 TQ112013
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB on Autumn Trail this mrng + 3 Little Stint, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Spotted Redshank & Whinchat PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Osprey W/of Titchwell RSPB at 16:20 on post on Thornham Marsh viewed W/from main path PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Garganey Cantley Beet Factory NR13 3JA TG389037
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore + 2 Little Stint on freshmarsh & Arctic Tern PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Osprey Wroxham Broad over Bridge Broad
> Norfolk Osprey Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436