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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.

Tuesday 5th July 2016

A fairly pleasant day with young of several species conspicuous around the site. Around 400 Common Scoters were seen offshore, 30 Avocets, 18 Curlews, 2 Black-tailed Godwits and a flock of 34 Knot were seen over the Observatory and 8 Swifts were around in the morning before the clouds lifted. A pair of juvenile Stonechat were on the east bank and a Turtle Dove was heard briefly along the entrance track.

One of the Stonechats eyeing up some prey - Holme Bird Obs, July 2016

The moth catch was significantly down on the previous day, the highlights being Pale Mottled Willow, Shore Wainscot and a Silver Y.

Eucosma cana found near the moth traps - Holme Bird Obs, July 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk No Sign of Adult Summer Great Knot Titchwell RSPB by 20:00 but 2 Spoonbill present, 7 Spotted Redshank, Little Gull, Med Gull & Red Kite over PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 7 Spoonbill Cley NWT on Simmond's Scrape & Billy's Wash late a/noon NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape + 4 Little Gull NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk 7 Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB on brackish marsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Garganey W/past Sheringham at 09:07 NR26 8BQ TG159435