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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 20th July 2017

A wet day in the main, birding was quiet but the moth traps contained 3 Garden Tigers, 3 Pine Hawks, a female Oak Eggar, 6 Drinkers, a Pebble Prominent and a Silver Y among a catch of 29 species.

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Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 3.35pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh by main path +showing well (+11.Spotted Redshanks) TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Quail male singing Kelling Water Meadow in clover field. Y'day 3.1s.Little Gulls
Norfolk 8.Little Gulls (all 1s) y'day Cley NWT
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 11.40am Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh by main path +showing well (+4+Spotted Redshanks) TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB on East Trail in tall trees by wooden gate
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad still Potter Heigham Marshes in tree at east end at 10.30am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take Middle Wall footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 9.56am Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh by main path +showing well TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water +520.Med Gulls
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB still +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Pec Sand ad again Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Pec Sand Breydon Water at east end 6.20-6.30am then flew NE