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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.

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Another relatively quiet day, highlights bird wise included a reeling Grasshopper Warbler just east of the harbour creek at Thornham, a Mediterranean Gull along the Broadwater and a pair of young Stonechats along the east bank of the reserve. The moth trap produced a catch of thirty one species which included two Red-necked Footman, Campion and Burnished Brass.

 Not particularly uncommon but rather smart, Pearl Grass-veneer Catoptria pinella from today's moth trap - Holme Bird Observatory, June 2016 

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult Great Knot Titchwell RSPB showing well on beach from N/end of boardwalk at 16:12 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Adult Great Knot Scolt Head Island NNR at 12:45 when flew/W towards Titchwell with c1500 Knot PE31 8DS TF821459
Norfolk Adult Great Knot Titchwell RSPB on beach E/of N/end of f/p between 04:35 & 05:00 then flew/E at 05:00 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk No Sign of Savi's Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes 500yds E/of Gun Hill mid a/noon PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Male Savi's Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes singing 500yds E/of Gun Hill PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew SE/over Trimingham at 08:20 NR11 8EG TG279388
Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Breydon Water early mrng NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Breydon Water at 07:25 at E/end NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 2 Little Gull Titchwell RSPB on the freshmarsh + 7 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436