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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 11th August 2016

A damp start and a blowy afternoon meant a slow day bird wise. On the sea counts included 16 Gannets, 7 Fulmar and a dark phase Arctic Skua. Two Green sandpipers were on the Broadwater, viewed from the car park hide and other waders seen during the day included 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Snipe and 5 Golden Plover.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Red-necked Phalarope Snettisham RSPB at 16:20 from Shore Hide + Spotted Redshank TF650328
Norfolk Female Montagu's Harrier (bearing satelite transmitter) near Snettisham RSPB this mrng TF650328
Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Potter Heigham at Candle Dyke Marsh
Norfolk 2 Juvenile Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB this evng from hide NR13 4HW TG351056 Norfolk 2 Juvenile Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436