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This is a polite reminder to all our members that our subscription rates have increased from 1st January. If you pay by standing order and have not yet done so, please amend your standing order to the new rate. More details can be found here. We are small charity reliant on the generosity of our supporters through membership subscriptions and donations. Why not become a member. For a minimum of £25 you can get all the benefits of being a member of the NOA. Just click the button on the right below. Or, if you would like to support us with a donation, it is very easy to do through our portal at VirginMoneyGiving. Just click the button on the right to go to our dedicated page. Thank you.

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.

GO WILD AT DROVE! JOIN US TOMORROW AT DROVE ORCHARDS

We’re busy making our final preparations for ‘Go Wild at Drove’ tomorrow. Drove Orchards will be hosting the Norfolk Ornithologists’ Association for an event that celebrates the wildlife at Drove and the work of it’s near neighbours the NOA. This free event will feature guided walks around the farm, demonstrations of bird ringing if weather permits, and a chance to get involved in counting and identifying moths and butterflies. We will have a series of displays including caterpillars and moths, feathers and nests, ringing and migration, Drove’s wildlife and lots of other information. There will be a bird song quiz and goodie bags for kids, so please come along and see us, and enjoy the day at Drove Orchards.
 
First moth trap emptied - 10am
Orchard Walk with owner Andrew Jamieson – 11am
Wildlife Walk – 12pm
Second moth trap emptied – 1pm
Further wildlife/orchard walks available after 2pm
 
Ringing demonstrations as and when birds are caught