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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.

Wednesday 31st August 2016

A breezy but beautiful day clouding over later on, highlights were 4+ Common Buzzards drifting over the pines west, an Avocet, 14 Curlew, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 3+ Greenshanks, 3 Snipe, a Tawny Owl calling from the pines, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Reed Warblers, a Whinchat along the sea wall at Thornham, 3 Stonechats near the lavender marsh, and a Wheatear along Broadwater Road first thing this morning. Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Heath, Common Blue and Painted Lady.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 3 Common Crane Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Great White Egret W/past Sheringham at 20:41 + Pied Flycatcher & Whinchat NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Immature Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen RSPB NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk 14 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh + 4 Little Stint & 8 Curlew Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 3 Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT on North Scrape + 4 Little Stint, 7 Curlew Sandpiper, JUV Spotted Redshank on Pat's Pool & 8 Whinchat between Eye Field & Iron Road NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Black Redstart Blakeney Point at 11:00 NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Great Yarmouth Cemetery in NE/corner of North Section NR30 1DW TG526082
Norfolk Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water + 2 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048 Norfolk Little Stint Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946