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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 25th August 2017

A beautiful warm day at the Observatory, on the seawatch 271 Common Scoters, 3 Fulmars, 10 Gannets, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Arctic Skuas, 12 Sandwich and 102 Common Terns were counted, while around the reserve 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Stonechats were of note.

In the moth traps 2 Scarce Bordered Straws, a Poplar Hawk, Kent Black Arches, Dark Sword-grass, Chinese Character, Rush Veneer and White Point were among the species of interest. A Painted Lady was also seen.

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Norfolk Little Gull flew west past Weybourne Camp 6.20-9.30am
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Caspian Tern Breydon Water by 11.15am. No sign of ad.Caspian Tern Hickling Broad NWT by 2.20pm
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Caspian Tern Breydon Water by 11.15am. No sign of ad.Caspian Tern Hickling Broad NWT by 2.20pm
Norfolk no news on Caspian Tern Breydon Water since 7.25am
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still 2pm north of A149 between duckpond +bus stop then flew to reeds cTG.079.439 NR25 7XG
Norfolk Little Stint Holme NWT in cattle field from 1st hide at 12.40pm +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail male still Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide at 12.35pm PE31 8BB
Norfolk Pec Sand Potter Heigham Marshes still 12.41pm. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Pec Sand Potter Heigham Marshes still 11.42am. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Pec Sand Cantley beet factory still on NE pool at 10.30am (+Wood Sand) NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still 10am on wet meadow north of duckpond by A149 cTG.079.439 NR25 7XG
Norfolk Black Tern juv Breydon Water at east end at c10am then lost to view
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still on wet meadow north of duckpond by A149 at 7.15am cTG.079.439 NR25 7XG
Norfolk 3.Garganey Welney WWT on Nelson-Lyle Pool at 7.55am
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red ringed) Breydon Water still on mudflats viewed from South Wall opposite car park at 7.25am tho distant
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +3.Spotted Redshanks