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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 21st July 2017

A breezy but sunny day. A Hobby took a swipe at a passing Swallow near the Dell hide and 3 young Stonechats were feeding in front of the Obs during the morning. Moths included a Dark Sword-grass, a Brown-veined Wainscot, Pine Hawk Moth and Garden Tiger.

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Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 11.45am Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh by main path just north of Island Hide (+3.Spoonbills. Great White Egret Thornham Marsh) TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Little Gull Breydon Water
Norfolk Quail male singing Kelling Water Meadow still in clover field at 10.05am
Norfolk 9.Little Gulls (all 1s) Cley NWT on North Scrape
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 9.40am Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh by main path just north of Island Hide TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB again flew east over tidal pool +landed east of east bank at c7.40am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water. 1s.Little Gull Gorleston
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water. 1s.Little Gull Gorleston
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh by main path just north of Island Hide at 6.20am TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk 15+Hawfinches (3+juvs) Lynford Arboretum at 5.15am
Norfolk no sign of ad.Pec Sand Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh by 6.50am (but 2.Little Gulls still) TF.750.438 PE31 8BB