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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 11th August 2017

At least one Great White Egret was active at the west end of the grazing marsh today, and a productive morning's ringing included 14 Meadow Pipits and 2 juvenile Stonechats.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was feeding on the buddleias near the Obs

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Norfolk Glossy Ibis still 12.30pm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool +showing well then flew west +no further sign by 2.30pm
Norfolk again no sign of ad.Baird's Sand Potter Heigham Marshes this morning (but Wood Sand 2.Spotted Redshanks). Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 1+Common Crane flew over Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk 33.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 Glossy Ibis Cley NWT at 12.21pm
Norfolk still no sign of Thrush Nightingale Salthouse at Gramborough Hill by 12.50pm. Walk east from north end of Beach Road TG.085.441
Norfolk still no sign of Thrush Nightingale Salthouse at Gramborough Hill by 10am. Walk east from north end of Beach Road TG.085.441
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water
Norfolk no sign of Thrush Nightingale Salthouse at Gramborough Hill by 9.20am. Walk east from north end of Beach Road TG.085.441
Norfolk Turtle Dove 3/4ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk no sign of ad.Baird's Sand y'day Potter Heigham Marshes in evng. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk THRUSH NIGHTINGALE y'day still 7.30pm Salthouse at Gramborough Hill in brambles on SW side tho elusive but no further sign by dusk. Walk east from north end of Beach Road