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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.

Sunday 25th June 2017

A total of 3 Spoonbills were in the area during the day. Moths included 2 Privet Hawks, Pine and Poplar Hawks, a Rosy Footman and another Red-necked Footman.

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Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male singing still 2.40pm NNE of Burgh Castle at Breydon Water South Wall by Pump House tho distant. Walk NNW then ENE along public footpath from church west of Burgh Castle for 1.75mls TG.489.064
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male still 2.15pm NNE of Burgh Castle at Breydon Water South Wall by Pump House. Walk NNW then ENE along public footpath from church west of Burgh Castle for 1.75mls TG.489.064
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male still 1.15pm NNE of Burgh Castle at Breydon Water South Wall by Pump House. Walk NNW then ENE along public footpath from church west of Burgh Castle for 1.75mls TG.489.064
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still
Norfolk Wood Sand Potter Heigham Marshes on pool on west path beyond gate with 'bull in field' sign at north end at 12.54pm. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take Middle Wall footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male NNE of Burgh Castle at Breydon Water South Wall by Pump House. Walk NNW then ENE along public footpath from church west of Burgh Castle TG.489.064
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male NNE of Burgh Castle at Breydon Water South Wall by Pump House. Walk NNW then ENE along public footpath from church west of Burgh Castle for 1.75mls TG.489.064
Norfolk 6.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (male fem 4.young) still Potter Heigham Marshes at 12.22pm. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml TG.437.194 NR29 5JE
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (male +fem) still Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.53am (+14.Spoonbills still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml TG.437.194 NR29 5JE
Norfolk 6+Spoonbills Holme on Hun Pool
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Potter Heigham Marshes at 10.19am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take Middle Wall footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Cattle Egret again Potter Heigham Marshes at 10.19am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take Middle Wall footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 6.Little Gulls (all 1s) Cley NWT still on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still in car park
Norfolk 25.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank Little Gull