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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 10th May 2016

As they say in the song "What a Difference a Day Makes", wet and misty was unfortunately the theme for the day. Birdwise both Grasshopper Warbler and two Turtle Doves were singing between showers; eight Black-tailed Godwits and a pair of Med Gulls were seen. The moth trap was surprisingly productive and included Swallow Prominent, Green Carpet and Purple Bar.

 
 
 Green Carpet, Purple Bar and Swallow Prominent - Holme Bird Obs, May 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Red-backed Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 11:00 right of Fen Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard Weybourne S/over Muckleburgh Collection at 18:30
> Norfolk Male Montagu's Harrier over Waxham this evng NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk 19 Dotterel S/of Choseley Drying Barns at 17:33 in field W/of bend in road PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Roseate Tern E/past Weybourne late mrng NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk No Sign of Dotterel S/of Choseley Drying Barns at15:35 in field W/of bend in road PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 4 Spoonbill Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water at E/end + 2 Curlew Sandpiper NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Blakeney Freshmarsh at 09:25
> Norfolk Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Black Tern Whitlingham CP at 17:30 + Arctic Tern
> Norfolk Male Pied Flycatcher Waxham NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk 1st Summer Little Gull Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Black Tern Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 16:55 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water at 14:40 NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Black Tern Welney WWT from Nelson-Lyle Hide late mrng PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 08:00 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Little Stint Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436