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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.

Thursday 30th June 2016

At Gore Point the Great Knot was present early morning with 1,500 Red Knot, a Peregrine was also noted causing havoc and removing a Knot for breakfast. Birds at the Obs were thin on the ground but a Grasshopper Warbler reeling near the entrance gate and 3-4 juvenile Chiffhcaff and a single Willow Warbler was in the pines. 3 Little Egrets, a Spoonbill, and 2 Red Kites were also seen. At sea 100+ Sandwich Terns, 450 Common Scoters, 4 Gannets, 2 pale sub-adult Arctic Skuas were recorded.

In the moth traps Pine and Privet Hawks, Shoulder-striped and Shore Wainscots, and a single Silver Y were of interest and a Painted Lady flew through.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Holme Dunes NWT at 19:20 on beach at Gore Point
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Request for information Titchwell RSPB any news please phone 01158 712 888 or text 07581 302 260 thanks PE31 8EB TF759436
Norfolk Great Knot Titchwell RSPB at 15:55 on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide + 4 Spoonbill, 5 Spotted Redshank & 1s Little Gull PE31 8EB TF759436
Norfolk Great Knot Titchwell RSPB early a/noon freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide + 1s Little Gull PE31 8EB TF759436
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Titchwell RSPB at 10:55 freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide PE31 8EB TF759436
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Request for information Titchwell RSPB at 09:49 freshmarsh PE31 8EB TF759436
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Holme Dunes NWT till 09:10 on beach at Gore Point then flew E/towards Titchwell
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Holme Dunes NWT at 07:45 on beach at Gore Point
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Request for information Titchwell RSPB any news please phone 01158 712 888 or text 07581 302 260 thanks PE31 8EB TF759436
Norfolk 5 Spoonbill Brancaster Staithe at 17:30 from coastal path PE31 8BJ TF794442
Norfolk 8 Spoonbill Burnham Deepdale at 12:35 on Marsh viewable from sea wall PE31 8FB TF803442
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Nunnery Lakes till 05:59 then flew S/ IP24 2YW TL873822
Norfolk 4 Little Gull (3 Adult + 1 1st Summer) Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape viewable from hide on Weavers Way NR12 0BW TG429221