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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 25th June 2016

The Great Knot was at Gore Point with Knot again at 8.15am and then flew off, seen later at Scolt Head, and returning to Gore Point in the evening. A Hobby, a Sparrowhawk and 2 Buzzards were seen and 15 Little Terns were counted offshore. A Cuckoo was still calling in the dunes and at least 2 Turtle Doves were calling in the morning.

In the moths traps a Privet, Pine, Poplar and Eyed Hawk Moth were of interest, and Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Painted Lady and Large Skipper were all recorded during the day. A Hairy Hawker dragonfly was also seen feeding among the pines at the west end of the reserve.

Walsey Hills proved to be particularly quiet, with a freshly hatched brood of 8 Tufted Ducks probably the highlight! Chiffchaffs, Common Whitethroats, Reed Warblers and Blackcaps were singing and butterfly interest was limited to several Speckled Woods, a Red Admiral and Wall Brown.

 Homoeosoma sinuella at rest - Walsey Hills, June 2016