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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.

Sunday 10th September 2017

A blustery day with rain developing in the afternoon. House Martins and Swallows continued to feed all around the reserve and at least 1 Swift was among them. A Great White Egret was seen over towards the village hides, a Short-eared Owl was hunting lavender marsh in the morning, and 2 Greenshank, a Kingfisher, 5 Whinchats and 3 Wheatears were seen from the sea wall between Holme and Thornham.

Moths are getting scarce, but 4 Archer's Darts, a Snout, a Common Wainscot, 2 Square-spot Rustics, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Characters and a Large Yellow Underwing were in the traps.

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Norfolk White Stork Salthouse flew past Gramborough Hill at 1.05pm
Norfolk Pec Sand Cley NWT still 1.25pm east of East Bank at north end of The Serpentine +showing well
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still Snettisham Coastal Park at north end in hawthorn by green tents at 10.45am. Walk south from Heacham
Norfolk Pec Sand Cley NWT again east of East Bank at north end of The Serpentine at 12.30pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Wells still on floods west of caravan site this morning
Norfolk Little Stint juv Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide at 11.25am +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Pom Skua flew west past Cley at 9.30am
Norfolk 44.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 39.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still 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 Little Stint Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w y'day till dusk Snettisham Coastal Park at north end in hawthorn opposite last green tents. Walk south from Heacham