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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 23rd September 2017

A quieter day with southerly winds, highlights included 70 Brent Geese passing offshore, 60 Wigeon, 49 Teal, 4 Eiders, 526 Common Scoters, 4 Red-throated Divers, a summer plumage Great Northern Diver, 45 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes, a Razorbill and 20 Sandwich Terns. Also of note were 2 Med Gulls, 2 Kingfishers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a single Sand Martin and Swallow, 6 House Martins, 2 Cetti's Warblers, a pair of Stonechats in the dunes, and a juvenile Peregrine hunting near Thornham Harbour.

A notable moth was in the traps; a Dark Spectacle - last caught at the NOA reserve back in 2006.


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Norfolk Pec Sand juv Potter Heigham Marshes still this a'noon (+Little Stint). Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Pied Fly Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk White Stork (unringed) east of Long Stratton still at Rhees Green at 1.30pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Stiffkey still 1.20pm south of A149 in cattle field east of village
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still 1.10pm behind visitor centre
Norfolk no sign of juv.Pallas's Grasshopper Wblr 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe by 1.20pm. View only from path, do not enter fields +do not enter reedbeds. Wardens will attend the site regularly throughout the day TF.853.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Cattle Egret Stiffkey still south of A149 in cattle field east of village at 10.58am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still along entrance track
Norfolk 12.Little Stints Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape +3.Curlew Sands
Norfolk Pec Sand juv Potter Heigham Marshes still 6.45am (+Great White Egret). Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk 3.Caspian Gulls (ad +2.1w) y'day Cley NWT in evng +Little Stint
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Breydon Water +3.Spotted Redshanks. ringtail Hen Harrier flew south at 8.35am
Norfolk Pallas's Grasshopper Wblr site: view only from footpaths, do not enter fields +do not enter reedbeds. Wardens will attend the site regularly throughout the day
Norfolk 2.Little Stints (both juvs) y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Barred Wblr 1w on Monday Scolt Head Island NNR (+Pied Fly 2.Spoonbills)
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh