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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 2nd July 2016

Highlights today were 2 Spoonbills west over the NWT reserve, a Whimbrel over calling, 22 Avocets, 27 Black-tailed Godwits, a Common and a Green Sandpiper on the NWT pools, and a Lesser Whitethroat singing on the NOA reserve.

In the moth traps a Privet and an Eyed Hawk moth, a Shoulder-striped Wainscot and a Silver Y were of note. Butterflies included 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Meadow Browns, a Painted Lady and a Small Copper. A Common Darter dragonfly was also seen.

Interest from Walsey was limited to 95 Lapwings, 23 Black-tailed Godwit and 19 Curlew over in the afternoon.

Norfolk News from Birdnet Norfolk Adult Great Knot Titchwell RSPB until 16:45 then flew off with the Knot PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Adult Great Knot Titchwell RSPB on Fresh Marsh at 18:25 with Knot + Little Gull & 2 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Adult Great Knot Titchwell RSPB on Fresh Marsh at 16:40 with Knot PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Adult Great Knot Titchwell RSPB on the Fresh Marsh at 15:35 with the Knot PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Titchwell RSPB at 13:10 still on the freshmarsh PE31 8EB TF759436 Norfolk Unconfirmed Report of Possible River Warbler Strumpshaw Fen RSPB briefly W/of the boardwalk at 09:15 NR13 4HS TG341066 Norfolk Male Savi's Warbler Strumpshaw Fen RSPB reeling again S/of Swallowtail, Boardwalk mid-evng NR13 4HS TG341066 Norfolk Male Savi's Warbler Strumpshaw Fen RSPB singing opposite boardwalk for 4th day NR13 4HS TG341066 Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Holme Dunes NWT PE36 6LQ