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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 23rd July 2016

With another hot and sunny day there was plenty of interest at the Observatory with 200 Common Scoters, a single Gannet, 205 Sandwich Terns, 5 Little and 5 Common Terns offshore. Of note around the recording area were 14 Avocets, 5 Whimbrel, a Curlew, a Green Woodpecker, and a Grasshopper Warbler was also noted.

In the moth traps an Oak Eggar, Privet Hawk, Garden Tiger, Pine Hawk Moth were among 71 species recorded today.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Caspian Tern Snettisham RSPB from Rotary Hide mid-evng + White-rumped Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper on beach & 2 Turtle Dove TF650328
Norfolk White-rumped Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB on mud by old jetty at 11:25 TF650328
Norfolk Adult White-rumped Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB in roost at S/end of pits at 08:55 + Little Stint & 2 Curlew Sandpiper TF650328
Norfolk No Sign of Male Savi's Warbler Strumpshaw Fen RSPB NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk Alpine Swift Heacham flew E/at 18:25 PE31 7AX TF663376
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew over Choseley Drying Barns towards Docking at 16:31 PE31 8PQ TF757420
Norfolk White Stork Halvergate Marshes at 10:15 on the marsh
Norfolk 19 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB + 14 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 07:10 NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 4 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB + 3 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT + 4 Little Gull, 3 Green Sandpiper & Wood Sandpiper this mng NR12 0BW TG429221