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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.

Saturday 5th August 2017

A rather quiet day, with the highlights a Great White Egret flying west along the Broadwater mid morning and a calling Crossbill seen in flight over the southern edge of the grazing Marsh. A single Common Sandpiper and a Greenshank plus four Whimbrel were also noted over the Broadwater during the afternoon.

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Norfolk BAIRD'S SANDPIPER ad still 2.45pm Potter Heigham Marshes on NW pool along access track. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Temminck's Stint reported still this a'noon Potter Heigham Marshes. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE for 1ml +view north
Norfolk BAIRD'S SANDPIPER ad still 12.15pm Potter Heigham Marshes on NW pool along access track. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Wood Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk presumed escape White Stork ad 3mls SW of Long Stratton at Great Moulton flew over Downsland Park at 12.40pm [wings have atypical damage +pigmentation]
Norfolk BAIRD'S SANDPIPER ad Potter Heigham Marshes this morning. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE for 1ml +view nort
Norfolk 2.Garganey (ad +juv) Welney WWT
Norfolk 33.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen +Whimbrel. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT
Norfolk 20.Common Cranes Potter Heigham Marshes. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE for 1ml +view north
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls flew west past Weybourne Camp 6.35am-8.55am
Norfolk Little Stint Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape +Turnstone
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still 8.47am TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Temminck's Stint again Potter Heigham Marshes on SW pool at 8.20am with Dunlin. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE for 1ml +view north
Norfolk 2.Garganey y'day Cantley beet factory
Norfolk Wood Sand Burnham Norton Marsh still on last pool on right before sea wall +9.Spoonbills
Norfolk 6.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (male fem 4.juvs) still Potter Heigham Marshes at 6.20am +ad.Cattle Egret still (+Spotted Redshank 10.Common Cranes). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE for 1ml +view north from bank
Norfolk 10.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB +5.Spotted Redshanks 2.Little Gulls TF.750.438 PE31 8BB