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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 28th May 2016

Another very quiet day, there was no further sign of the Short-eared Owl but a Yellow Wagtail was on the NWT reserve. A Four-spotted Chaser was of interest and in the moth trap a Light Emerald and a Turnip Moth were notable species. Many butterflies were on the wing again today with 15+ Brown Argus, a Small Copper, 3 Green Hairstreaks and 2 Small Heaths seen during the afternoon.

The only birds of note from Walsey Hills were 3 Spoonbills sleeping and feeding on the Serpentine throughout the day. Up to 6 Wall Brown were seen - mostly around the Obs building, as was a single Green Hairstreak.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Female Black-eared Wheatear 1ml SE/of Happisburgh at Cart Gap just N/of c/pk on sea wall by 11:10 NR12 0QL TG397299
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Cley NWT E/of East Bank on Serpentine NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Sculthorpe Moor from Whitley Hide at 16:15 NR21 9GN TF901303
> Norfolk Whinchat Horsey at 12:44 midway along Nelson Head track NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl S/of Horsey Mill at 08:00