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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.

Monday 14th May 2018

An Eyed Hawk moth in the trap was the highlight today, with Green Hairstreak, Small Copper and Small Heath butterfly also seen.

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Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing still Norwich at All Saint's Green +Queens Road at 8.40am
Norfolk 6.Curlew Sands Potter Heigham Marshes on north side at 9am +2.drk.Garganey but no sign of Wood Sand nor Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills y'day Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide +3.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets y'day Wells flew over Station Road at 11.27am
Norfolk Garganey drk Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 10.24am
Norfolk Garganey drk Burnham Overy flew east over harbour at 9.57am
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water till 8.25am at east end then flew south
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water again at east end