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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 17th August 2017

Heavy rain during the morning made for a rather quiet day. On the sea a single Bonxie and 6 Arctic Skuas were recorded. A Greenshank was at Gore Point and the Great White Egret was active at the very west end of the grazing marsh. A young Stonechat was near the Observatory.

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Norfolk CASPIAN TERN still 2.05pm Hickling Broad NWT at Rush Hill Scrape. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN still 1.35pm Hickling Broad NWT at Rush Hill Scrape. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN still midday Hickling Broad NWT at Rush Hill Scrape. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands still Cantley beet factory
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still this a'noon then flew east +landed in grass west of Beach Road north of A149 near 1st pool
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still 10.26am north of duckpond on marshy pools
Norfolk Spoonbill Brancaster Staithe harbour at seaward end by main channel
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN again Hickling Broad NWT at Rush Hill Scrape at 10.15am. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still north of duckpond at 8.15am
Norfolk Great White Egret on Sunday Burnham Market flew over campsite at 8.30am
Norfolk 32.Spoonbills y'day 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