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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.

Friday 12th August 2016

A beautiful summer day with a strong westerly breeze, highlights today were 5 Golden Plover west over the grazing marshes, 2 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper around the Broadwater, 9 Black-tailed Godwits flying east, 2 Greenshank flying west calling, a Great Spotted Woodpecker around the pines, and a juvenile Wheatear along the sea wall near Thornham Harbour.

Moths were in modest numbers today but highlights were a Water Veneer, Silver Y, Garden Tiger and a Black-tipped Ermine. Holly Blue, Painted Lady, Small Skipper, Brown Argus and Wall Brown were among the butterflies recorded on site.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Red-necked Phalarope Snettisham RSPB at 16:00 from Shore Hide + 12 Spotted Redshank TF650328
Norfolk Juvenile Red-necked Phalarope Snettisham RSPB late mrng from Shore Hide TF650328 Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper 1.5mls E/of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk 6 Spoonbill Brancaster Staithe on saltmarsh then flew W/ PE31 8BJ TF794442
Norfolk 12 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Quail Hickling flew over The Greyhound Pub at 2:26, heard only NR12 0BW TG429221 Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB in dunes PE31 8BB TF759436