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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.

Thursday 19th May 2016

A quiet day with mist clearing in the afternoon, highlights were 3 Red Kites over, a Greenshank, 3 Common Terns east along the Broadwater, 2 Turtle Doves around the paddocks, 2 Cuckoos around the Obs, the Short-eared Owl seen briefly hunting south of the Broadwater, a Hobby through east, and a Cetti's Warbler singing.
Moths improved today with 2 Poplar Hawks, a Small Elephant Hawk, a Nut-tree Tussock, 5 Green Carpets, 8 Cinnabars, a Water Carpet, Treble Lines and Poplar Grey among the catch. Brown Argus was present in good numbers around the reserve, and a Four-spotted Chaser was also of interest.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB flew west PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen at 15:00 NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Dotterel 2 mls S/of Titchwell in field W/of bend in road S/of Choseley Drying Barns this a/noon PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 5 Spoonbill Berney Marshes RSPB viewable from Burgh Castle NR30 1SB TG460053
> Norfolk Dotterel Choseley Drying Barns + 2 Turtle Dove PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy Dunes at 08:56 on freshmarsh PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB flew west PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen at 15:00 NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Dotterel 2 mls S/of Titchwell in field W/of bend in road S/of Choseley Drying Barns this a/noon PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 5 Spoonbill Berney Marshes RSPB viewable from Burgh Castle NR30 1SB TG460053
> Norfolk Dotterel Choseley Drying Barns + 2 Turtle Dove PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy Dunes at 08:56 on freshmarsh PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Redstart Burnham Norton on W/side in hawthorn 20yds along 1st minor road N/off A149 at 15:25 PE31 8DS TF828441
> Late News Yesterday Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NWT near Broadwater