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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.

Monday 3rd July 2017

A quiet day for birds, and much quieter for moths with 23 species caught, highlights were a Dingy Shears, and a single Elephant Hawk Moth. A Black-tailed Skimmer was flying on the reserve.

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Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Breydon Water at east end
Norfolk Garganey ecl.drk Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +2.Spotted Redshanks Little Gull. 3.Turtle Doves still in car park TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad by Weavers' Way 50yds W.of Rush Hill Scrape hide [heard only]. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk E to church, N on Church Ln to bend then E, N thru wood +E NR29 5LW
Norfolk/Suffolk Wood Sand Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes from Washland Viewpoint tho distant
Norfolk Spoonbill Hickling Broad by Weavers' Way at Rush Hill Scrape. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk E to church, N on Church Ln to bend then east +north thru wood then east NR29 5LW
Norfolk 5.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (male fem 3.young) still Potter Heigham Marshes (+8.Spoonbills again +Curlew Sand Wood Sand). Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE for 1ml +view north from River Thurne bank TG.437.194 NR29 5JE
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Breydon Water still at east end +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Cattle Egret Hickling Broad by Weavers' Way 50yds west of Rush Hill Scrape hide. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk E to church, N on Church Ln to bend then E, N thru wood +E NR29 5LW